Breakdowns on Secluded Roads

Although breaking down on a motorway or dual carriageway can be extremely dangerous due to the volume of high-speed traffic, breakdowns on country lanes or secluded roads can present a different kind of danger.

  • If your car develops a fault, try to try to drive on to a place where there are plenty of people around, and if at night, somewhere with street lights.
  • Pull your car into the left hand side of the road as far as possible, and out of the path of traffic. Avoid stopping just after a bend in the road, as this will prevent oncoming traffic from seeing you in good time.
  • Warn other traffic of your presence by turning on your hazard warning lights and sidelights.
  • If you have a reflective jacket, put it on.
  • If there is any danger that your car could be struck by other traffic, make sure that all your passengers get out of the car and away from the traffic. Make sure that they do not stand between your car and oncoming traffic.
  • If it is safe to do so (and if you have one), place a warning triangle at least 45 metres (147 feet) behind your car on the same side of the road. You must take great care when doing this.
  • Consider carefully whether or not it is safe for you to fix the car or whether you should contact a breakdown organisation.
  • If you do need professional help, use your mobile or the nearest callbox to you're your breakdown service, a garage or someone else who could help you. Make sure you know where you have broken down.
  • Never accept a lift from anyone offering to take you to the nearest garage or callbox. Ask if they could telephone a garage or breakdown company for you instead.
  • When waiting for assistance to arrive, stand in a safe position, well away from the oncoming traffic. Never stand where you will prevent other road users from seeing your lights.
  • Remember to remove your warning triangle after you car has been fixed.