The vast majority of us rely heavily on our vehicles for a variety of reasons every day. Whether you are driving to work bringing the kids to school, heading off on a road trip with friends or simply getting yourself from A to B, you need a vehicle that you can depend on. However, no matter how much you take care of your vehicle, the day will inevitably come when it lets you down. And, as any vehicle owner will tell you, breakdowns always happen at the most inopportune times.
When your vehicle gives up, it’s important that you know what to do, so that you can get back to normal as quickly as possible. The last thing you want is to be left standing on the side of the road scratching your head, without a clue as to what to do next. Your vehicle may have given up forever or perhaps it’s something as simple as a dead battery or a mechanical fault that can easily be fixed with the assistance of a mobile mechanic. Whatever the issue is, don’t panic and follow our tips below to ensure you get back on the road quickly and safely.
Continue reading to learn what you should do when your vehicle breaks down unexpectedly.
Pull In Where It’s Safe
Once you realise that your vehicle isn’t cooperating, fight the urge to jam on the brakes and pull in exactly where you are. Instead, remain calm and try to coast slowly and carefully along the edge of the road to a point where there are no bends in the road. Pulling in on a bend is dangerous and you could end up causing a serious accident. Do your best to find a section of straight road where there is enough space for you to pull in and stay out of the way of other traffic and road users.
Make Yourself Visible
Whether you break down on a busy motorway or a quiet country road, it is always important to make sure other drivers can see you. The first thing you need to do is turn on your hazard lights so that other vehicles will know that you are broken down. If it’s after dark, it’s also a good idea to turn on the inside light in your car to make yourself even more visible. If you are prepared with a breakdown kit that includes a torch or flashlight and a high vis jacket, now is the time to utilise these items. Put on your high vis and if you are getting out of the car for any reason be sure to carry your torch or flashlight so you can be seen.
Call For Help
Unless you have mechanical knowledge, you are probably going to need to call someone for help. Whether you call a local mechanic, a friend, family member or a tow service, it’s important to make contact with someone. Depending on the reason for the breakdown, you may need to leave the car overnight until you can come back with someone who has the skills to fix it up and get you back on the road. If you don’t have a phone with you, try walking to a nearby shop or petrol station to contact someone. Alternatively, if you break down on a motorway, there are emergency/help phones that you can use and they will put you through to someone who can assist you.
Be Patient, Help Will Arrive Soon
Being stuck in a broken down vehicle is never fun. Depending on where you break down, you might end up causing traffic to back up which will be frustrating for everyone involved. However, no matter how many cars beep at you, be sure to keep your cool, remain patient and wait for help to arrive. If it is particularly hot, be sure to stay hydrated and find a cool spot where you can wait. Remember, once help arrives, it won’t be long until you are back on the road and on your way.