It does not matter how new your vehicle is or how well you keep up the maintenance - a roadside emergency can happen to you. How you handle it is important. Here are some top tips from the CMA's Volvo Cars of Charlottesville team on how you can stay safe.

Create the ideal roadside emergency kit before hitting the road. It should include a first aid kit, along with basic tools. Blankets, a tarp, flares, jumper cables, and a cell phone charger are all useful items.

Getting as far away from the road as possible is important. Be sure to react as soon as you notice that your vehicle is starting to act up. Let the other drivers around Charlottesville, VA know that you are having a problem by activating your vehicle's hazard lights or using your roadside flares. Call for roadside assistance and then stay with your vehicle if it is not an issue you can handle by yourself.

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