Driving home for Christmas? What to do if you are unlucky enough to break down.
If you’re driving a brand new lease car the chances of a break down are small but with things like punctures the age of the car isn’t always relevant.
With many of us planning roadtrips this Christmas to see family and friends we thought we'd share our top tips on what you should do if you breakdown on a motorway.
• If you can’t drive to the next exit use the hard shoulder.
• Pull over as far to the left as you can with the wheels turned to the left.
• Put your hazard lights on.
• If you breakdown at night or in poor weather conditions keep your vehicle lights on.
• Exit the vehicle using the left-hand doors and move up the bank or stand behind the barrier immediately.
• Keep children closely by your side at all times.
• DO NOT attempt even simple repairs yourself – the hard shoulder is a dangerous place to be. Call your vehicle recovery provider immediately.
• If you don't have a mobile or are out of battery or service, walk to an emergency phone on your side of the carriageway - these phones are free and will connect you to the police who can help you
• If you can’t get to the hard shoulder, stay in your vehicle put your hazard lights on, keep your seatbelt on and call 999.
• Whilst it might go against instinct it is advisable to keep any pets you may be transporting in the car – they are likely to be very scared on the hard shoulder and even if on a lead a dog may escape and cause a bad accident.
Always best to be prepared! We hope you have a safe and warm festive season!