What to do when your car is not starting and you are stuck in a remote highway?

Are you a car rider who prefers for long journey on highways? Suppose during the journey if your car gets some starting trouble, do you know what to do? Check out this article to know the tips for resolving your car problem.


Traveling safe and on time is very important and it should be our priority. To avoid any problem during journey, keep your car in good condition. Get your car servicing done on time. Still there are the chances to trap in the situation when your car is not starting in between your journey on highway. There are some checks and remedies to get started your car again and perform your journey. This article is written to solve such type of problem. Below are the important checks and remedies.

Daily checks to be carried out

Daily inspection checks to be done of your vehicle before going out. Check the fuel, tyre pressure, battery for loose connection and make sure horn, lights and indicators are working properly.

Tips to travel on highway

First you need to check drive belt condition for wear out. In addition, the air filter must be checked and if required clean or replace it. You have to also check the engine oil level and quality. Don't forget to take basic emergency kit with you. Also make sure the conditions of battery, brake fluid level and tyre pressure are good for a long distance travel. You can also take spare tyre and tool kit with jack and even the first aid kit for the long journey.

Checks to be carried out to find the reason for not starting the engine

  1. Open the bonnet and check for battery loose connection and battery condition
  2. Clean and tighten the battery connection and try again to start
  3. Check for electrical wiring
  4. Check for all the tubes
  5. Check for spark plug
  6. Check for anti-theft system
  7. Check for key turning in ignition
  8. Security light flashes
  9. Check for fuel.
  10. The engine crank very slow and not start

What to do if your car engine is not starting ?

  1. Push the car to the side of the road and put the light on
  2. Put a red flag on
  3. Open the bonnet and check for battery loose connection and battery condition
  4. Check for spark plug, clean or replace it as per requirement
  5. Find out the reason and rectify the fault
  6. Put the ignition key on and start the engine
  7. If battery is low, jump start the car or push start the car
  8. If not able to start the car call for help from your car insurer or highway police.

Highway police assistance

Universal access number 1033 can be dialed for any assistance on highways.
  • Police patrol no.is 100
  • Traffic police-1099
  • Fire -101
  • Ambulance- 102 and 108

24x7 assistance from your car insurance company

While taking insurance policy of your car, take emergency 24x7 road side assistance cover and save the number in your mobile. Call the emergency 24x7 road side assistance number to take help free of cost from your insurance company.

Towing the car to nearby town and get repair in a garage

If you do not have cover for emergency 24x7 road side assistance, you can call on payment or tow your car to nearby town. You must carry some strong rope for towing purpose. By towing to a nearby town, you can find a good garage and get repair your car.

Start your journey to your destination

Once your car is OK, you can start your journey again. Best of luck for your happy journey.

Article by NK SHARMA
I am Mechanical engineer with MBA and M Phil degree. I have a passion for reading and writing. I enjoy in sharing knowledge with people.

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Author: Natarajan06 Sep 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

Great post by the author. If we look at the airline industry, their excellent safety record is based on checks, checks, checks. Until the checklist is not complete the aircraft cannot take off.
We pack for a journey, select our clothes, snacks etc but take our vehicle for granted. Once we go thorough the checklist, then we would be safer although trouble can crop up anytime
Many years ago, I remember while on a trip our car stopped and after finding out that it had run out of fuel, father and the driver had to walk a few kilometers to get a plastic can of diesel from the village we had just passed.
Now days the highway support and fuel availability and indicators are much better. I', sure most of us are aware of better apps and google maps that can give us routes and locations of important services. These can be downloaded into our mobiles and can be used even in areas without wi-fi access.

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