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Keep Calm and Carry On: Essential Tips for Staying Safe After a Breakdown

Published 4th July 2024Read Time 3 min

If you’ve ever experienced a car breakdown, we don’t need to explain how distressing this can be. Even worse, if you were stranded in a dangerous location or on a busy motorway. Should you experience a breakdown, we’ve compiled a list of simple tips to keep you secure and, most importantly, calm.

The most important thing is that you, your passengers and your car are visible to other drivers is extremely important. Here are some fundamental guidelines for staying secure during a breakdown:

  1. Activate Hazard Lights: These are to alert other drivers that your car is stopped, turn on your hazard lights whether it is dark or not.
  2. Wear Reflective Gear: It’s a good idea to always have a reflective jacket in your car. Put this on and get out of the car while attempting to avoid getting hit by oncoming traffic.
  1. Deploy Caution Triangles or Flares: To alert approaching traffic that your car is stopped, place reflective caution triangles or flares behind your vehicle. To give other cars plenty of warning, it’s a good idea to place these triangles or flares at least 50 metres away from your vehicle.
  2. Move to Safety: Your safety is extremely vital. If the breakdown occurs on a highway or busy route, attempt to get off the road or behind the barrier, if possible.
  3. Pull Over Safely: As soon as you can and it is safe to do so, pull over slowly preferably at a safe spot by the side of the road or hard shoulder.

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We know it’s easier said than done, but trying to stay calm is our top tip. If you’re in a calm state, you can make better decisions and manage the situation more effectively.

Who to call when car breaks down Ireland?

Emergency Phones: There are frequently emergency phones on motorways where you can contact for help at regular intervals. You can also utilise the emergency SOS button on some more recent cars to make a help request.

AA Membership: Naturally, if you’re an AA Member, the best way to report a rescue or get help with a breakdown is through the AA App. In Ireland, 1 in 3 cars currently have total peace of mind thanks to the AA. With AA, Breakdown Assistance is personal, so you’re covered in any car as standard. We provide roadside repairs for 8 out of 10 vehicles so you may travel on securely.

If you’re not an AA Member, you may want to consider joining today.

By following these simple steps, we’re confident that you can handle a car breakdown situation safely and effectively.