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Preventive maintenance will reduce the likelihood of a breakdown. However, even a well-maintained vehicle can break down occasionally.
Don't drive on ignoring noises or symptoms which are unusual or if you're concerned that the problem might be serious.
Carry a tool kit in your vehicle. The following items are useful to keep for emergency use
By joining a national organisation or taking out breakdown insurance, you'll save a great deal of time and money if you break down.
Most services include an option to take you, your vehicle and passengers either to your destination or to your home.
The annual fee is usually less than the cost of a single motorway breakdown call-out.
There are various warning devices that you can buy to place on the road to warn other drivers when you have broken down. Don't use any of these warning devices
These include traffic cones, flat traffic delineators (which resemble a flattened cone) and traffic pyramids. At least four of any of these should be placed in a line behind your vehicle to guide traffic past. A flashing amber light may be used with any of these warning devices, but may not be used on its own.
Alternatively, a flexible yellow sheet displayillg a red triangle can be placed on the vehicle, provided it does not obscure the number plate, lights or reflectors.
As a general rule, brake as gently as possible and pull over as far to the left as possible to keep your vehicle away from approaching traffic.
If the breakdown affects your control of the car
If possible, get your car well off the road and
Keep children and animals under control, and away from the road.
Contact the police if your vehicle is causing an obstruction, and a breakdown service you're unable to rectify the fault yourself-
You might feel vulnerable if you're travelling alone and you break down, especially on an isolated stretch of road, a dual carriageway or a motorway.
You should spend as little time as possible away from your vehicle.
When you telephone for assistance, make it clear to the operator that you're travelling alone.
Priority will often be given in these cases.
If your vehicle cannot be repaired where it has broken down, it will need to be moved.
There are three options