Keep­ing safe if you break down

Be pre­pared for the un­ex­pected on the mo­tor­way and you’ll soon be on your way

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

●● THIS week’s tips, from the IAM’s di­rec­tor of pol­icy and re­search, Neil Greig, ad­vise driv­ers on how to cope with a break­down on the mo­tor­way...

En­sure the coolant and washer flu­ids are topped up, the oil level is cor­rect and the tyres are in good work­ing con­di­tion – they all help the ve­hi­cle main­tain the higher speeds usu­ally ex­pe­ri­enced on mo­tor­ways.

Keep a high vis­i­bil­ity jacket, wa­ter­proof cloth­ing and a charged mo­bile phone in your ve­hi­cle – you never know when you will need these.

If your jour­ney is not go­ing as smoothly as ex­pected, stop at the near­est ser­vice sta­tion or pull over on to the hard shoul­der (only in an emer­gency), park­ing as far left as pos­si­ble to avoid slow­ing down traf­fic.

Once you have pulled over, switch on your haz­ard warn­ing lights so other road users are aware that you have stopped.

Use the emer­gency road­side tele­phone when you need to call for help. The dis­tance to the near­est phone will be marked on the white posts on the hard shoul­der – the op­er­a­tor will know where you are if you use this phone.

Make sure you and any pas­sen­gers leave your ve­hi­cle by the left-hand side.

Stay be­hind a bar­rier or up the em­bank­ment. If you feel threat­ened, get back in, lock the doors and call 999 for the police.

“On smart mo­tor­ways the hard shoul­der is used as an ex­tra lane.

“If your car de­vel­ops a prob­lem on this type of mo­tor­way, then leave at the next exit, or pull into a mo­tor­way ser­vice area.

“So long as you pre­pare for un­ex­pected break­downs you can avoid the ex­pe­ri­ence of it be­com­ing too in­con­ve­nient and be on your way,” said Neil.

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