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Stranded on the interstate? Tips to keep you safe

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Simple car trouble can turn into much more if you find yourself stranded along an interstate.  It's a scenario we've heard too many times.  So what should you do if you're a stranded motorist?

Your first step should be to call 5-1-1.  They'll connect you straight to a local H.E.R.O. unit, which will be on its way to you in minutes. They help move problems—like stalled or wrecked vehicles—safely out of traffic.  

Sometimes, troopers say it may be safer to just keep driving if you have trouble.  If you can, get to the next exit and get your vehicle out of the roadway—and completely off the interstate.

If you're in traffic and your car won't budge, stay put.  You're much safer if you're inside your vehicle buckled up.

Troopers say you also shouldn't hesitate to call 911 if you need to.  

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