Breaking down on a motorway
A motorway, with fast-flowing lanes of traffic, is more dangerous than a regular road, so slightly different rules apply.
- If you suspect something is wrong with your car, get off the motorway as soon as you can by taking the next exit or pulling into a service station.
- If you can’t exit the motorway, pull on to the hard shoulder and stop as far to the left as possible. Turn your wheels to the left. Never attempt to place a warning triangle on a motorway.
- Try to stop near an emergency telephone if possible. They can be found at intervals of approximately one mile along the motorway. To find the nearest one, you can follow the arrows posted along the hard shoulder.
The phones are free to use and will connect you directly to an operator. The Highway Code recommends that you use these phones rather than a mobile, so your location can be pin-pointed.
- Get out of your car on the left and ask your passengers to do the same. If possible, wait behind a barrier and not behind your broken-down car. Keep a keen eye on any children and pets.
- Don’t try to fix the problem yourself. Even if you think you know what’s wrong, don’t put yourself in danger by attempting even simple repairs.