Tips for Avoiding Breakage

The emergency response program is designed to help motorists. However, we would like to give you simple tips to avoid the inconvenience of a breakdown. These tips, if practiced, will help you run smoothly:

  • Check the fuel level regularly, especially low gasoline levels which are bad for electric fuel pumps.
  • Check your windshield wipers
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure and make sure you always have a spare tire on hand.
  • Hose and belt maintenance

Kansas Motorist Assistance Program

In Kansas, the Motorist Assist program is a division of the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Kansas City Scout, and the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kansas Motorist Assist personnel are provided by unsworn Kansas Highway Patrol personnel. Each driver assistance vehicle (MAV device) is equipped with a four-way wrench and jack for changing tires, connecting cables, gas cans and many other tools.
MAV Unit Operators in Kansas assist traffic flow by removing disabled and abandoned vehicles from Kansas roads in addition to the following duties:
  • Protect and help motorists who find themselves in a quandary.
  • Help KDOT and local law enforcement prevent incidents that endanger motorists and disrupt normal traffic flow.
  • Releases state soldiers to perform duties requiring law enforcement authority.

It is important that you always keep your vehicle in the best working condition to prevent unexpected breakdowns and other accidents on the road. Other helpful tips include:
  • Park your vehicle as far away from the carriageway as possible.
  • Turn on the four-way emergency flashers (emergency lights).
  • Stay in the vehicle until help arrives, especially at night or in inclement weather.
  • If someone stops, open the window and have them dial *47 to get to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s control center.
  • If you are traveling on the Kansas Turnpike, dial *KTA to contact the Kansas Turnpike dispatcher.
  • Notify the Kansas Highway Patrol or local law enforcement of your location and circumstances if you must leave your vehicle on the highway.