What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down

What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down

Every year in the UK, there are over 180,000 vehicle breakdowns and roughly 2,500 occur every day. Needless to say, it’s not a question of if we’re going to breakdown, but when. Consequently, although it’s important to do everything we can to prevent a breakdown in the first place, it’s also essential that we know exactly what to do when a breakdown occurs. With this in mind, the team at Wyatt Auto Services on are on hand to bring you a checklist of things you need to do in the event of a breakdown!

It’s important to understand that how you will deal with a breakdown on a motorway is different to how you will deal with one on any other road. As such, this article will deal with those two scenarios separately.


Hard shoulder: If your vehicle is breaking down before you have had the chance to exit the motorway, then pulling onto the hard shoulder should be your first instinct. Try and stay as far left as you possibly can, turning your wheels to the left, too, avoiding other motorists clipping them.

Lights: Once you have your car safely off the road, put your hazard lights on to alert other motorists to your problem. If the light is poor, leave your sidelights on, too.

Vacate the area: When exiting the vehicle, it’s important to use the left-hand side to avoid the traffic, then get behind the barrier or make your way up the bank. If you have any pets in the car, make sure to leave them there, they will distract motorists.

Get noticed: If you have a reflective jacket it is advisable to wear it, but don’t leave a reflective warning triangle behind your car on the hard shoulder. Again, it will distract other motorists unnecessarily

Make the call: Once you situated yourself safely away from the hard shoulder, it’s time to call a breakdown service or the emergency services. Once you have done this, stay where you are (away from the hard shoulder, that is) and wait for assistance.

Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to fix your car whilst it is on the hard shoulder. It is extremely dangerous. Wait for assistance!



Pull over: On other roads, find somewhere safe away from the traffic and park your car. However, in this case, it’s important to be aware of pedestrians whilst doing so.

Lights: The same applies here – put your hazard lights on once you have stopped, keeping your sidelights on if the visibility is particularly bad.

Warning triangle: If you have one, and it’s safe to do so, then get your warning triangle out of the boot and place it roughly 45 metres behind your vehicle. This way, other motorists can see your vehicle in good time and adjust their trajectory accordingly.

Get it fixed!: Now you are in a position to either attempt to fix the problem with your vehicle yourself, or simply ring your breakdown service and wait patiently for assistance.

Wyatt Auto Services offer thorough car servicing and repairs to customers in Barnsley and South Yorkshire. Our family run garage gives a personal touch to car maintenance no matter the make or model. Our friendly, experienced team will make sure you’re roadworthy in no time so don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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