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One thing that many learner drivers want to know is what happens if they break down. It’s a potential scenario that can fill some inexperienced drivers with dread. However, we hope our step-by-step guide will reassure you on what to do should your car break down.


What to do if you break down sometimes depends on what type of road you are on. However, the steps outlined below should apply to most scenarios.


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1. Switch on your hazard lights

Your safety and the safety of other drivers should be your No.1 priority. That’s why we advise putting on your hazard lights as soon as you notice there’s a problem with your car. This acts as a warning indicator to other drivers so they know to give you the space you need.


an image of a car pulled over on a hard shoulder to change a tyre

2. Move your vehicle to a safe spot

It’s important to try and remove your car from the flow of traffic. If you can still drive your vehicle, try and move it to a safe spot on the side of the road.

If you can’t drive the vehicle because it’s come to a complete standstill, if possible, and if it is safe to do so, we recommend trying to move it to the side of the road. It’s best to exit the car using a door facing away from passing traffic.

If you’re on the motorway and you can’t get to the hard shoulder, you should stay in your vehicle, keep your seatbelt on, and call the emergency services. Although you won’t be driving on the motorway as a learner driver, it’s still useful to know what to do.


a image of a lady making a call in front of her car after breaking down

3. Call for assistance

Whoever your break down provider is, you should give them a call. If you are in a vulnerable situation, then you should tell them so they can prioritise your road-side rescue. They will usually ask for things like your registration number and a few personal details. They will also need to know your location.

If you’re waiting in your car rather than standing by it, it’s best to wear a seatbelt.


We hope this advice will help you feel more prepared on how to deal with a break down. Read our blog for more great tips and advice on how to drive.


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