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Would you know what to do in case of a breakdown on a motorway?

by Simran Sehmi | 01 Apr 2021

Would you know what to do in case of a breakdown on a motorway?

Highways England is advising everyone to ‘Go Left!’.

If your vehicle has a problem, or you get into trouble on a motorway, stay calm and try to exit at the next junction or motorway service area.
If that’s not possible and you break down on the motorway, go left!

  • Put your left indicators on
  • Move into the left lane
  • Exit left to the next emergency area, or hard shoulder
  • Put your hazard lights on
  • Get behind a safety barrier where there is one - keep well away from moving traffic
  • Call Highways England on 0300 123 5000, then a breakdown provider for help

And if you are unable to exit your vehicle and get to a safe place, have stopped in a live traffic lane or feel your life is in danger stay in your vehicle with your seatbelts and hazard lights on and call 999 immediately.

You can also take some steps that can help prevent a breakdown on the motorway:

  • Make sure you have enough fuel for your trip
  • Check your oil
  • Check you tyre pressure

For more preventative measure and further guidance on what to do in different situation visit


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