What to Do if Your Car Breaks Down
Prevention: Looking after your vehicle with regular servicing might seem an unwanted expense, but you’re paying for your vehicle to be fuel efficient and reliability. Before starting your day you should: check oil, coolant and other fluid levels. Make sure your tyres are properly inflated, and double check that the spare tyre is suitable.
Planning:Be prepared for a car breakdown by keeping the following items in the car – these will make life easier if your vehicle develops a fault: a warning triangle; high visibility vest; waterproof coat; walking boots; ensure that your mobile phone is charged, something to drink; a warm blanket.
In the event of a vehicle breakdown, Keep calm;
– Try if possible to keep going until you find a safe place to stop. Switch on the hazard lights and pull over on the left. Now deploy your warning triangle, in a safe position -– you should place it at least 45 metres behind your vehicle.
– It’s best to wait outside and away from your car and the carriageway. Now you’re ready to call for help using your mobile phone.
It’s every motorist’s nightmare, but a car breakdown is something that will affect nearly all road users at some point!
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