If your vehicle breaks down, think about safety, first: Here’s a straightforward safety guide from GEM Motoring Assist, the leading driver based road safety association.

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Consider your own safety

– get your vehicle off the road if possible

– ensure your passengers are safe and that animals are kept under control.

Warn other road users

– warn other traffic by using your hazard warning lights if your vehicle is causing an obstruction

– put a warning triangle on the road at least 45 metres (147 feet) behind your broken down vehicle on the same side of the road, or use other permitted warning devices if you have them. Always take great care when placing them, but never use them on motorways as this may put you in danger from oncoming traffic

– keep your sidelights on if it is dark or visibility is poor

– do not stand (or let anybody else stand) between your vehicle and oncoming traffic

– at night or in poor visibility do not stand where you will prevent other road users seeing your lights

– wear a reflective/fluorescent jacket or tabard.

Calling for help

 

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