Breaking down while driving on the motorway may be dangerous but, unfortunately, sometimes there is little that car owners can do to avoid it. You need to know how to deal with this situation safely in case it happens to you.
First off, you need to put your hazard warning lights on if you feel your car slowing down as it is important that other cars around you know what is going on. This is vital for avoiding an accident.
If possible, move your car to the hard shoulder so that it is out of the way of other cars. This kind of emergency is exactly what this lane is for. Of course, if you can get your car to the nearest exit then this is the most preferable option but sometimes your car will not be able to make it that far.
When you pull up on the hard shoulder, move as far to the left as you can with your wheels turned to the left. Make sure your sidelights and hazard lights are on so that other motorists know you have broken down, otherwise they could be confused into thinking that another lane is open.
You should then exit your vehicle through the door on the left and ensure that all your passengers do the same. Wear reflective jackets if you have any to warn other cars that you are there and step up the bank or behind a barrier if possible.
If you have breakdown cover, now is the time to contact your supplier so that they can send out a recovery vehicle. Look out for Driver Location signs so that you can explain where you are. Otherwise, if you are phoning from a telephone at the side of the motorway then there will be a reference number on it.
It is important to get your vehicle repaired once you have got it home so it is worth booking in at ATS Euromaster so that an expert technician can fix the problem.
Posted by Danielle Barge