What to do if you break down on the motorway this Christmas

What to do if you break down on the motorway this Christmas

A breakdown on one of our roads during the festive period can be risky, as well as inconvenient but here are a few tips to help:
 
It's a given that when your car leaves you stranded on the side of N2/N3 or any of our major routes, it’s definitely going to ruin your day. In case you're headed to visit family or companions for the Christmas break, it'll create an unpleasant experience for everyone in the vehicle especially if it’s on a busy freeway.  But there are a few steps that one may take to help ease the stress and clear your mind on what to do when this does occur. 
 
1) Get your vehicle to the yellow lane as quickly, but SAFELY as possible. 
When something happens don’t be too quick to jump on your breaks if it isn’t needed. If your engine fails, try to use your momentum to get you to the side of the road. Keep in mind that your power steering and breaks will be a lot harder to use and you may need to use a little extra force to get them to work. Once you are on the yellow lane, try to keep as far away from moving traffic as possible.
 
2) Make sure you are visible! 
First turn on your hazard lights, this alerts other motorists of your breakdown. If it’s during the night, leave your park lights on as well. Remember to use your triangle (found in your trunk) to warn other motorists that you are stationary.
 
3) Evacuate the vehicle 
Should you have passengers, it is crucial to get them out of the vehicle and on to the grass next to the yellow lane, or a safe distance away. Should another motorist decide to keep to close to the yellow lane and accidently hit your vehicle, the results could be catastrophic and fatal. Ensure that everyone jumps out of the left side of the vehicle. Pets should stay in the vehicle unless you are certain that you can contain them.  
 
4) Do not spend time in front of the bonnet expecting a quick fix
Unless you are a mechanic, opening the bonnet and gazing into it will not fix the problem. Call for help, carry out repairs when the vehicle is in a safer location 
 
5) Call for help
 
6) Take of safely
If your car has been repaired for a minor fault, such as changing a tyre, remember to join the slow lane in safe manor. Get the car up to a decent speed first before attempting to just jump onto the freeway. When you’re up to speed choose a safe gap, indicate, do your blind spots and enter the flow of traffic.