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What to Do If You Breakdown in the Countryside

A drive through the countryside can be a wonderful experience. Cruising down the rural roads often grants us fresh air, beautiful nature and wildlife. The last thing on your mind will be your car letting you down, but what would you do if you became stuck in the middle of nowhere?

Whilst it doesn’t seem as immediately dangerous as a motorway with its many high-speed cars whizzing by, but it still has its own dangers. All too often a car will be left stuck in a vulnerable position and cause obstruction to other drivers. Breaking down just after a blind bend would be a nightmare scenario. Fortunately, this quick guide will provide you with all the simple precautions you should take if your car plays up during a country jaunt.

Minimise Obstruction Caused

First of all don’t panic if you see smoke, hear a strange noise or experience handling issues. When something feels wrong with your car you should calmly look for a safe place to stop.

If there are no side roads, car parks or laybys available you should pull over to the side of the road as far as you can. You want to minimise the obstruction to passing cars to prevent accidents. Ideally you should get your car off from the road but remember not to get it stuck somewhere awkward!

Warn Others Drivers

Now your troublesome car is stopped you must make every effort to warn others of your breakdown. The number one danger out on rural roads is another passing driver colliding with your car. The more obstructive the cars position the more dangerous it is, but sometimes this cannot be prevented.

Now you should switch your engine off and engage your hazard warning lights. This will quickly indicate to others there is a hazard and hopefully slow them down as they pass your car more carefully.

If your car has a warning triangle you should set it up around 50 yards back from your car on the same side of the road. This should catch driver’s attention and give them an early warning that there is a hazard on the road ahead.

Darkness or poor weather conditions such as fog and rain will greatly reduce visibility out on country roads. To increase the likelihood of your car being spotted you should activate your sidelights as well.

Protect Yourselves

Unless your car is off the road or in a car park you should leave the car, get yourself and your passengers to a safe refuge. This is critical if car is causing a dangerous obstruction, for example just after a blind bend. In these cases it is far more likely an unaware driver could hit your car.

If you have a reflective coat you should wear this as it allows you to be easily seen when you’re on the road. Remember not to stay standing between the traffic and your vehicle; this is the most dangerous position.

Fix the Problem or Get Help

If you are competent enough to fix the problem, such as changing a wheel, it can be attempted so long as the car is in safe area off the main road.

For all other cases you will need to contact a breakdown or recovery service to get you on your way again. If you’re forward thinking you may already have existing cover, but most companies will let you sign up on the spot when you’re in need. You can read road signs and use phone GPS to help relay your location to your recovery service. Once they have been informed,  you should wait in a safe place until they arrive.

Driving Tips  07/04/2015 09:22:20

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