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Top 10 tips: Breakdown rules

2013-03-16 08:18

Breakdowns are so inconvenient. The best is to keep calm and wait for help. Remember to keep your doors locked.

What to do in the event of a breakdown:
1 Consider your own safety first: get your vehicle off the road and as close to the side of it as possible.

2 Ensure your passengers are safe and if traveling with any pets in the car, keep them under control.

3 Warn other road users by using your hazard warning lights and put a warning triangle on the road at least 45 metres behind your car.

4 Keep your lights on if it is dark or visibility is poor.

5 Do not stand (or let anyone else stand) between your vehicle and oncoming traffic

6 Wear a reflective/fluorescent jacket if you have one in your car.

7 If you've called for roadside assistance, don't get out of your car. Keep the doors locked and let the window down a tiny bit. Ask to see identification and make sure the person coming to assist knows your name or reference number before getting out of the car.

8 Don't get into another car with a stranger who is offering to drive you to get help.

9 Alert family members of your whereabouts, give them details of road assist companies you have been in contact with.

10 Keep calm, try not to panic and be observant - whatever you do, just don't take a nap while you wait.