What To Do If Your Car Breaks Down on Florida Interstates
Driving on the Interstates around the Florida is pretty stressful. No matter where you go it seems that you are always in heavy traffic. Between the speeding drivers, the slow drivers and all of the construction you always have to be aware. But, what do you do if something happens to you on the Interstate?
Of course, if you’re in an accident, call 911 immediately. But if something less severe happens and you are stuck nonetheless, who do you call. If your car has a breakdown or if you get a flat tire and can’t change it yourself or if you run out of gas who should you call? While any of those scenarios seem like an emergency, they don’t really rise to the level of a 911 call. If you are in a disabled vehicle on the interstate system in Florida your first call should be to Florida Highway Patrol at #347 or #FHP. They will dispatch a Road Ranger to your location.
If you’ve travelled anywhere on the Interstates in the Sunshine State then you’ve seen the Road Rangers. They drive big white pick up trucks with with a large direction arrow on the back to move traffic. On board, is everything they will need to get you moving again. From a battery jump start to a tire repair to a little gas to make it safely to the next exit, the Florida Highway Road Rangers are there to help. If you need a tow truck, they can call one for you. I’ve even seen them help out officers with blocking off accident scenes.
Recently I was traveling vexing on Interstate 4 east off Tampa, my gas light was on and I knew I was close to empty. I was headed to the next exit. Then, it happened, I ran out of gas. Something I always remind everyone is to get well off the vehicle travel lanes. I was in the grass. Vehicles of every shape and size were whizzing by at speeds over 85 miles an hour. I could feel my car sway as the speeding cars passed. I called #347 and Florida Highway Patrol dispatched a Road Ranger. There was about an hour wait time, but suddenly, like a knight in shining armor, there he was, my Road Ranger, Kevin.
Kevin has been a Road Ranger for 18, according to him he’s helped “thousands of stuck people” Kevin put about a gallon of free gas in my car and I was back on the road, headed toward the next exit to fill up. Not before I gave him a generous tip, which he greatly appreciated and totally deserved.
Just a reminder, if you see a Road Ranger working on the side of the highway, please move over a lane and give them plenty of room to work safely.