What To Do When Your Car Breaks Down

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Breaking down on the road is a nightmare that many car owners hope that they never have to face. Here are some tips on what to do if your car does break down.

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  1. Stay Calm And Be Safe

It’s important to stay calm and not panic. Remember that your safety is of the upmost importance. Make sure that you are on the constant lookout for traffic and ensure that you look out for any hazards.

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  1. Pull Over To The Side Of The Road

If your car can still move, pull over to the side of the road as much as possible – to ensure that you are not blocking people’s way. Try to avoid stopping at the exit of a turn – as people may not be able to see your car stopped there.

 

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  1. Switch On Your Hazards And Place Your Safety Triangle

Once your car has come to a stop, switch on your hazard lights to warn other motorists and set up your safety triangle (if you have one). The safety triangle should be placed around 20m away from your car, to give other motorists ample warning of your break down. If the traffic is very heavy and it isn’t safe to place it 20m away, place it as far as it’s possible while still being safe.

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  1. Call For Help

You should ensure that you can safely reach the side of the road (preferably behind the road barriers) before you call for help. You should call a trusted workshop or help provider such as AA if you have a membership.

 

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  1. Wait For Assistance

Now that you have done all of the above steps, wait for help to arrive. Make sure that you look after your safety and keep a lookout for any potential hazards that might cause harm to you.

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