It is most drivers’ worst nightmare, especially at this time of year. They are driving along a busy road and then all of a sudden one of the lights on the car’s dashboard starts to flash. All of a sudden, you feel your car run out of steam and it starts to slow down to a stop.
Breaking down can be incredibly inconvenient as it will prevent you from getting to where you were heading to. That’s not the only issue, though. If you were to breakdown on a motorway or other major road, then you could be put in some considerable danger as your vehicle could have stopped right in the flow of oncoming traffic.
To make sure you are always safe in the event of a breakdown, you just need to follow these following steps.
Put The Hazard Warning Lights On
One of the first things you should do is put on your car’s hazard warning lights. These will make your car a lot more visible to oncoming drivers, so they will be able to give you space and drive around accordingly. If you have a hazard warning triangle in the boot, then you should place this about 50 meters behind the car, as well as leaving the lights on.
Call A Breakdown Recovery Service
If you can’t get your car to start and have no other way of getting off the road, you will need to call a breakdown recovery service. If you are already a member of a nation-wide service, then you just need to call their helpline and they should send a tow truck out straight away. If you aren’t a member, you will need to call a local garage. Just make sure they have all the correct motor trade insurance in place before you do.
Move To A Safe Place
Once you have called for a breakdown recovery service, you should get out of your vehicle and move to a safe space well away from the road. That way, you won’t be in the way of any oncoming vehicles. If you are on a motorway, then there should be a grassy verge to climb onto. If you have a disability and are unable to leave the car, make sure you keep your seatbelt on at all times.
Leave Any Pets In The Car
If you have been travelling with any pets, you should leave them in the car. It isn’t safe to get them out and have them stand with you on the side of the road, especially if you don’t have a lead for them. They could end up running out into the road and getting in the way of the traffic.
Put On Reflective Clothing
All drivers should keep a reflective jacket in the boot of their car for emergencies. Breaking down is one of those emergencies! Make sure you put the reflective clothing on, especially if you break down at night, so other drivers have a better chance of seeing you.
Hopefully, you never need to take these steps!
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