Car Breakdown Safety Tips

Car Breakdown Safety Tips

Don’t turn a car breakdown into something more serious.

Often a tragedy is the culmination of a number of small things going wrong and a simple car breakdown could be a perfect example.

How often do you see a car broken down on a motorway, the occupants standing around or trying to change a tyre in what is an extremely dangerous environment. Cars travelling at high speed may not see you or your car in time.

You need to make sure your safety comes first in the event of a car breakdown.

Same goes if you break down somewhere at night, both from a visibility and personal safety perspective.

Our friends at the RAC in Western Australia recommend in the event of a breakdown in an unsafe or dangerous place, that you follow these tips;

RAC Car Breakdown Safety Tips;

  • Find a safe place to pull over, such as an emergency breakdown lane.
  • Park your vehicle as far off the road as possible and keep off the central median strip if you can.
  • Activate your hazard lights.
  • Activate your parking lights if the lighting is poor.
  • Call Roadside Assistance on your mobile phone or use a roadside emergency phone.
  • If it is not safe to exit the vehicle, remain in the vehicle with your seat-belt on.
  • Exit your vehicle from the side furthest from the traffic, when leaving your vehicle always check for traffic. Close your vehicle door on exit.
  • If exiting your vehicle stand clear of the road and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid crossing the road at all times.
  • Stay calm. Help may take longer to arrive on a country road.
  • Let Roadside Assistance come to your vehicle and follow their instructions.
  • Stay calm. Help may take longer to arrive on a country road.
  • Let Roadside Assistance come to your vehicle and follow their instructions.

Got any other tips on how to stay safe in an unsafe place should your car breakdown? Email us via [email protected] or use the Contact page.

About the author

Joel Helmes

Joel is the founder, editor and managing director of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

Readers Comments (1)

  1. Tobias Armstrong February 27, 2020 @ 7:44 am

    These were some great tips. I’d heard of some of them, but I’d never thought about making sure I left the car on the side furthest from the traffic. I’d usually just think to get out when it was clear, but now I can see why that might not be the safest thing. Thanks for sharing!

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