While maintaining your car to reduce the risk of a breakdown does reduce the risk, from time to time breakdowns do still occur and so it is important that you are prepared and know what to do in case the worst does happen.
Know Your Route
Many people prefer to use a satellite navigation system (sat nav) or phone app when it comes to find their way around however it is important to have an idea of where you are, where you are going and not simply blindly follow the directions.
In case your digital device stops working for whatever reason it would be advisable to have a printed road map in your car just in case. In the event of a breakdown you will need to let your rescuers know where you are.
Keep Your Phone Charged and Coins Handy
When you breakdown being able to call for help is essential. Ensure your phone is charged up, has adequate credit and have a selection of coins available in case you can’t get a signal and need to use a pay phone. A travel charger in your glove compartment could be advantageous.
Have a written list (not simply saved into your phone in case your battery dies) of important numbers such as your breakdown company and of course Wrong Fuel Expert to ensure that you have what you need to call for help.
Prepare for All Weather
Being stranded in your vehicle is not pleasant regardless of the season and so it is important to ensure that you have what you need to keep you going, safe and healthy in all temperatures. Having plenty of drinks and snacks and a fully stocked-up first aid kit, as well as any very essential medications which should not be missed in case you are late returning back to base should be at the top of your list.
Blankets, torches, sensible shoes and waterproof jackets make walking to safety or waiting outside the vehicle for aid a safer and less unpleasant experience.
Be Seen and Be Safe
When you break down it is important that other motorists are able to see you and your vehicle in good time to avoid hitting you, especially if you have broken down somewhere busy or partially obscured.
A red warning triangle should be kept in your car as well as high visibility vests and torches. Hazard lights should be switched on and side lights too in the event of poor visibility.
Being prepared for a breakdown allows you to manage the situation as best and as safely as you can while you wait for your car to be fixed.