Tips on staying safe at roadside
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.