Road Security Guides – What To Do If You Breakdown

Your Denver Mobile Mechanic Recommends These Safety Procedures in the Event of a Breakdown

Consider your own safety


– get your car off the roadway if possible in breakdown

– ensure your travelers are safe and that animals are kept under control.

Caution other roadway users


– warn other traffic by utilizing your danger warning lights if your automobile is triggering an obstruction

– put a caution triangle on the road a minimum of 45 meters (147 feet) behind your broken down automobile on the same side of the roadway, or utilize other allowed warning devices if you have them. Always take excellent care when placing them, but never use them on motorways as this may put you in danger from oncoming traffic

– keep your sidelights on if it is dark or exposure is poor when your car breaks down


– do not stand (or let any person else stand) between your vehicle and oncoming traffic


– during the night or in poor visibility do not stand where you will prevent other road users from seeing your lights

– wear a reflective/fluorescent coat or tabard.

Calling for help


– do not utilize smartphones if there is a risk of fuel spillage or fumes

– call the emergency services by dialing 999 or 112 (new international emergency situation code), or if you are a member call GEM Motoring Assist Breakdown Cover or other breakdown organization

– give clear directions of your basic area: roadway number, instructions of travel and particular local landmarks will assist your rescue


– also tell them your automobile type and colour, registration number, and how many individuals are in the car


– an indicator of the reason for the breakdown will also assist

– when help shows up, ask for proof of identity.

On Motorways– safety initially

Leave the freeway at the nearby exit or pull into a service area. When this is not possible:

– attempt to stop near an emergency situation telephone (every mile on the hard shoulder) with the front passenger door as near to the phone as possible

– utilize your signs or danger caution lights and pull on to the tough shoulder. Stop as far to the left as possible, with your wheels turned to the left

– you must leave the automobile by the left-hand traveler doors


– use a reflective/fluorescent coat 

– return and wait near your car, ideally behind the barrier on the motorway embankment.

– if someone provides aid, stay inside your vehicle with the doors locked (keep windows partially open) and ask them to phone your breakdown organization for you.

On Motorways– getting help.

– you should leave animals in the car, with windows just far enough down to allow air. Only let them out of the lorry in an emergency situation, however, keep them under appropriate control on the verge.

– do not leave the keys in the cars and trucks. If possible, lock all the doors other than the front passenger door, which you need to leave totally open so you can return in quickly if required.

– when help gets here, ask for ID and examine that the breakdown individual knows your name.

– when rejoining the freeway, constantly increase speed on the hard shoulder and look for a safe gap in the traffic.

– if a vehicle stops while you are waiting for assistance and you feel uneasy, remain in the guest seat of your automobile and lock the door. Phone the Police and provide the automobile’s registration number.

– keep passengers far from the carriageway and kids under control. Make sure kids are safe and do not leave them in the vehicle by themselves.

– if you are a senior or handicapped individual, or have little kids with you, you might choose it is more reasonable to remain in the lorry. If so, park it as near the edge as possible.

– provide complete details, also notify them if you feel susceptible. Tell them the number of your breakdown organization, your vehicle registration, and the number shown on the nearest marker post.

– do not try even simple repair work and do not leave the vehicle bonnet open.

– walk to the closest emergency situation telephone, following the arrows on the marker posts every 100 meters at the back of the tough shoulder. Calls are complimentary and connect directly to the Police – they will understand where you are. Back up the phone and look out for passing traffic, or anybody approaching you.

– do not cross the carriageway to reach a closer phone it is more secure to wait on the brink. (Remember, 10% of freeway mishaps are crashed with lorries parked on the tough shoulder.).

– NEVER enter into a car and truck with a stranger.

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