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Driver 303 Agencies advice on Break downs – Be safe

Breaking down is never great for anyone, yourself and others on road and it wastes time and money but more crucially it results in 250 people being killed or seriously injured on the hard shoulder every year, did you know this?

It is always important to be safe whilst broken down, be aware of where you are at all times. We know it is not fun breaking down but safety is important.

It is very important that you know what to do in the event of a breakdown to help keep both you and other road users safe and to help get your vehicle recovered as quickly as possible.

Driver 303 Agency want you to avoid breaking down, here’s how:

The majority of breakdowns that do occur are due to poor vehicle maintenance and therefore can be avoided – take care of your vehicle

Work with your employer to ensure your vehicle is regularly serviced and checked, including wipers, tyres and fluid levels – tell them when there is an issue and never wait to get something fixed

Ensure you understand your vehicle warning lights, if you do not know ask someone who does

Driver 303 Agency want you to be prepared at all times

Carry a charged mobile phone (switched off and out of reach while driving) – also taking a handy battery pack as back can always help

Carry an emergency kit, first aid, warm and high visibility clothing, a torch, water and a reflective triangle. Always good idea to have some snacks and blanket in case of long waits and cold weather

Ask your employer to confirm what, if anything, is provided by them. If they do not provide break down make sure you sort this, do not go without as trust us one day you will need it

Driver 303 Agency advice on what to do in event of General breakdown

If possible, avoid stopping in dangerous places such as roundabouts and corners, and don’t park up on pavements
Switch on your hazard lights

If it is safe to do so, drop your speed, continue driving and try to pull off the road completely, or onto a straight section of road

If you have to stop on a road, display your emergency triangle at least 45 metres behind your vehicle (don’t do this on a motorway)

If the problem affects your control of the vehicle (for example due to a tyre blow-out, see below), avoid braking severely, try to keep in a straight line holding the steering wheel firmly and steer gently to the side of the road as you slow down

Do not attempt to fix your vehicle yourself by the roadside. Call your employer’s designated breakdown service
Switch off your engine and wait in a safe place, away from traffic

Motorway breakdown procedures

Driver 303 Agency advice on what to do If your vehicle develops a problem on the motorway:

Leave at the next exit if possible and stop at the next service area

If you must stop immediately, pull onto the hard shoulder and stop with wheels turned to the left, away from traffic

Park as close to the left as possible and try to stop near an emergency phone

Put on your hazard lights and turn on side lights in poor visibility

DO NOT use your warning triangle on the hard shoulder

NEVER attempt repairs yourself

Driver 303 Agency want you to in the event of a Tyre blow-out

Tyre failures can make steering difficult, especially if it’s the front. Stop as soon as possible to avoid further damage and leaving debris on the road.

Be aware of anything on your nearside and signal to move over to the left

Keep a firm hold on the steering wheel

Steadily steer the vehicle to the left (hard shoulder on the motorway)

Reduce speed and gradually bring the vehicle to a stop

Driver 303 Agency advice on Calling for help

If possible, use the nearest emergency phone

On motorways, blue and white marker posts show the direction of the nearest phone

The phones connect directly to the police control centre and are numbered so that you can be easily located

If using your mobile phone, refer to the new blue rectangular Driver Location Signs, which detail the road number (e.g. M1), direction of travel and precise location

Driver 303 Agency advice on Waiting for help

If you must stop on the hard shoulder:

ALWAYS get out of the vehicle

Make sure you and all passengers exit the vehicle on the left-hand side

Walk off the road – up the embankment if there is one, or climb over the crash barrier into a field if possible

NEVER try to cross lanes to the other side of a motorway.

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