Tips on staying safe at road­side

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - COMMENT -

IT MAY be your pride and joy, but in gen­eral it’s best to part com­pany with a bro­ken-down car on the road. The High­way Code car­ries spe­cific ad­vice about staying safe. Driv­ers should try to get the ve­hi­cle off the road to re­duce the risk to other road users. The code rec­om­mends pulling as far left as pos­si­ble, us­ing a hard shoul­der or verge on mo­tor­ways and dual car­riage­ways. On stop­ping, wheels should be an­gled left so it’s more likely to leave the road if hit from be­hind than en­ter the car­riage­way again. Haz­ard flash­ers – cou­pled with side lights in poor vis­i­bil­ity or dark­ness – should be used to alert other driv­ers to the ve­hi­cle’s pres­ence. It may be safest to leave by the pas­sen­ger door. Go to a place of safety – well back from the road. Chief In­spec­tor Sandy Bow­man, pic­tured, of Tay­side Po­lice – the force that went to the aid of stricken Aberdeen mo­torist Karen Mor­ri­son – said good main­te­nance could pre­vent prob­lems.

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