Motorway Breakdowns

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 3:00 PM




The do's and dont's of a motorway breakdown

Driving on the motorway can be hairy at the best of times but if your car decides to pack it in on the fast lane, there are a few things you should do to ensure you deal with a motorway breakdown as safely as possible.

1. Slow Down

If you feel a change in your car's performance indicating you may break down, start to decrease your speed, but don't slam on the brakes as it could cause a collision. Instead, slowly lift off the accelerator and use calm, controlled braking to slow down gradually.

Don't slam on the brakes, as it could cause a collision.

2. When to use the hard shoulder

Do use the hard shoulder if your car literally won’t go any further and you can’t safely drive to a place further off the motorway.

Don’t use the hard shoulder to stop for any other purpose than an emergency, and that includes toilet breaks, snack breaks or to make a non-breakdown related phone call.

3. Stopping safely on the hard shoulder

Do indicate you are going to pull over, stopping as far to the left as possible, turn your wheels to the left and put your hazard and sidelights on.

Don’t park over towards the right hand side of the shoulder, switch off your lights or clamber out via the driver’s side, otherwise you risk being hit by traffic.

4. What to do once safely parked after a motorway breakdown

Do get out of the car and ensure your passengers all do the same, whatever the weather.

Don’t sit inside the car while you wait for help to arrive. You. Must. All. Leave. The. Car. If for any reason you physically can’t leave the car, then you must have your hazards on.

5. Once out of the vehicle

Do get off the hard shoulder and stand on the embankment. Then use your mobile, or find the nearest emergency phone on your side of the road, to call the emergency services or your breakdown service.

Don’t in any circumstances walk across the motorway to use that tantalisingly-close emergency phone you’ve spotted on the other side, it’s both illegal and highly dangerous.

Of course we hope you don’t ever have to put these tips into practice, but preparation is key to dealing with unexpected events like a motorway breakdown, and you should make sure you have the best emergency service breakdown cover possible under your car insurance policy.

With thanks to Liberty Insurance. See their Facebook and Twitter pages for more #DriveSafer tips or get a car insurance quote today.

Does your car need a service soon? Visit www.AutoServicing.com to book your car service or call us on 01 – 6877199 for more information about AutoServicing.com

 

About us

 

Background

Founded by car enthusiasts and technology experts Kevin Hogan, Derek Ennis, Stephen Clinton and Karin Ennis, AutoServicing.com is Ireland's leading garage comparison web site.

Our team is passionate about providing you with the best possible way to book your car service online. We want to ensure that AutoServicing.com provides car owners with a new and innovative way to search, compare and book their car service online.

 

what we do?

We make shopping around for your car service as painless as possible so you get real value for money. With just a few clicks you can book the best value car service from a local garage using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

We give you access to hundreds of garages, both independent & main dealers, to give you transparent pricing and better deals on reputable local garage services.

 

Independent

We are not part of any industry body so we do not promote any particular garage or parts supplier.

We can guarantee a 100% independent service to offer the consumer a large choice of local garages where they can avail of best prices for car servicing.