Had a breakdown on the motorway?
If you break down on a motorway the most important thing to do is to get to a safe place and call for help.
The last thing you want is to be broken down, but it is important to keep safe and follow the steps below.
- Try to get off the motorway
- If your vehicle is in a dangerous location but drivable, move it somewhere safe
- Try to get off the motorway at the next exit.
- If you can’t, pull up onto the hard shoulder with the wheels turned to the left.
- Turn on your hazard lights
- Turn on your hazard warning lights.
- If it’s dark or foggy, keep your sidelights and hazard lights on.
- Wait in a safe place
- It’s usually safer to get out of your car and wait behind a barrier using the doors opposite the oncoming traffic.
- Keep any pets in the car.
- If you can’t leave the vehicle, wear your seatbelt.
- Make yourself visible
- Put on a high-vis jacket if you have one
- Call our 24-hour helpline on 028 90 029457
- If you need our help, call us and we will help you.
- It’s not safe to try repair your own car if you’re on a motorway.
- If you don’t have a mobile, there is an emergency phone on the side of the carriageway. Walk to and follow the posts at the back of the hard shoulder – the free phone will connect you directly to the police.
What not to do:
- Don’t attempt any repairs – even if they’re simple. It’s too dangerous.
- Don’t use a warning triangle – it’s not safe.
- Don’t let your pets out of the car – they could panic and run onto the road.
- Don’t stand next to your car – stand behind a barrier.
- Don’t stand downstream of your car and oncoming traffic – you need to be visible.
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