(PHOENIX)– In recognition of National Preparedness Month, local mechanics are prepared to explain how to handle road emergencies. Your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) are available to discuss and demonstrate:

What to do if your brakes fail

  • Avoid pumping the brakes. Instead, take your foot off the accelerator. Shift the car into a lower gear. When the car is moving at 30 miles per hour or less you can use the hand brake.

What to do if your engine catches fire

  • Pull off the road, turn off the engine and get out of the car. Don’t try to put the fire out. Instead, walk as far away as you can and call for help.

What to do during a tire blowout

  • Avoid immediately braking or turning. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and continue driving straight. Slowly release the gas pedal, pull to a safe spot on the side of the road and turn on your emergency flashers.

What to do if a power line falls on your car.

  • To avoid electrical shock, stay inside until professional help arrives to remove the wire.

Why you should keep your gas tank full

  • If you’re stranded in the heat or cold you can keep the car running and if you’re evacuated you want enough fuel to reach a safe location.

The U.S. government recognizes September as National Preparedness Month and promotes ways for people to be prepared for emergencies at home, work, school and on the road. More information at www.ready.gov/september

NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals): The Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests. Visit www.NARPRO.com to find recommended shops near work or home. NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic in the Valley.