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What to do if your car breaks down. 09/08/13

If you break down at the roadside, it is essential to remember the correct precautions to take to protect you, your passengers and other road users from accident or injury.

There are hundreds of accidents every year on UK roads caused by motorists who fail to follow these simple steps when broken down at the roadside.

  • Get your vehicle off the road, if you can do so safely

  • If your vehicle is causing an obstruction, turn on your hazard lights

  • Wear light coloured or high visibility clothing if you have any with you

  • If you have a warning triangle put it on the road at least 45 metres (147 feet) behind your vehicle, on the same side of the road or use other permitted warning devices if you have them. Always take great care when placing or retrieving them, but never use them on motorways

  • keep your side lights on if it is dark or visibility is poor

  • Do not stand (or let anybody else stand) between your vehicle and oncoming traffic

  • At night or in poor visibility do not stand where you will prevent other road users seeing your lights

  • If you feel safe to do so, it is advisable not to sit inside your vehicle while waiting for assistance. Wait at least 10 metres away from your vehicle and preferably behind a crash barrier if there is one

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