Breaking down on the motorway is less pleasant than dental surgery
Breaking down on the motorway is less pleasant than dental surgery performed by a butcher. But - like a new series of Britain's Got Talent - terrible things happen. As such, Simon Elstow from the Institute of Advanced Motorists has a few tips:- Plan ahead: keep a reflective jacket, warm waterproof clothes and a torch in your car. Put the number of your breakdown company and your membership number in your phone. Some breakdown services offer free mobile phone apps, often even if you are not a member. These use the phone’s GPS system to find your precise location. - Get out of the vehicle by the left-hand door and make sure all your passengers do the same. - If you have a high-visibility jacket, put it on and get passengers out of the vehicle on the near side, making sure everyone is standing well away from moving traffic. If there is a safety barrier, wait behind it, where you can be seen by oncoming traffic. - Where possible, coast to an emergency telephone. If you use your mobile phone, you may be asked to give the number on the nearest marker post, located every 100 meters. - Hazard lights are important as you slow down to stop and exit the vehicle but have dubious value after that and can distract other drivers unnecessarily. - Don’t attempt a repair on the hard shoulder of a motorway. Be safe and be patient while you wait for help to arrive.