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If you're having car trouble

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Follow these guidelines if your car breaks down:

  • Pull off the road and turn on your hazard lights.
  • Make sure you’re not in any danger. Stay at the scene, but move well away from your car if there is any chance of it being hit by another vehicle.
  • If you're not able to fix the problem yourself, call for help from a friend or from a roadside assistance service operating in your area.
  • Remember that it’s often difficult for other vehicles to stop in a hurry, so if you need to pull off the road, assess the area for risks and hazards.
  • Make sure you can be seen. Turn on your hazard lights. Turn on your parking lights in poor light, or raise your bonnet. Use portable warning triangles if you have them.
  • If you have to stay in your car, keep your seatbelt on. Move to the passenger seat if possible.
  • If you need to change a flat tyre or check under the bonnet of your car, be aware of other cars driving past. If it's not safe, call for roadside assistance.