Breakdowns on Dual Carriageways

A breakdown on a dual carriageway can be just as dangerous as one on a motorway. However, by following a few simple guidelines, you can reduce the risks and stay safe.

  1. If you start to experience problems with your car, pull over to the side of the road, indicating your intentions clearly to other drivers. You should always use a lay-by if at all possible; however, if this is not practicable, pull your car over as close to the verge as you can.
  2. Put your hazard warning lights on to warn other drivers. You should also keep your sidelights on if it is dark or visibility is poor.
  3. If there is any danger of your car being hit by passing vehicles, make sure that all your passengers leave the vehicle by the left-hand door and stand well away from the car and traffic.
  4. If you have a reflective jacket, put it on.
  5. If you have a warning triangle, place it at least 45 metres (147 feet) behind your vehicle on the same side of the road, taking great care when doing this.
  6. Make sure that you do not stand (or let anybody else stand), between your car and oncoming vehicles.
  7. At night or in poor visibility, avoid standing where you will prevent other road users seeing your lights.
  8. If you are unable to fix the car yourself, or there is any risk of it being unsafe to do so, walk to the nearest call box, or use your mobile phone to summon assistance. Make sure that you have a rough idea of your location; junction names are useful for this.
  9. Once the car has been mended, make sure that you retrieve the warning triangle if you have used it.