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Below, Trusted Dealers provides a guide on how to handle a breakdown.
Breaking down on a motorway
The most dangerous roads to breakdown on are a motorway or dual carriageway due to the volume of surrounding traffic and the speed which cars are travelling. Pulling over onto the hard shoulder of the motorway is prohibited unless your car suffers mechanical failure. If you breakdown on a motorway, follow the steps below:
Breaking down on a road
Breaking down on a quieter road might mean you are not immediately in as much danger as a motorway but you are still considered a major hazard to other road users and are therefore in danger. Follow the steps below to keep safe:
It is vital that you obtain breakdown cover for your vehicle to ensure maximum safety in the event of a breakdown. However, if you breakdown without it, there are three options open to you:
Breakdown cover can be added to most car insurance policies for a minimal amount and it will save you valuable time and money in the event of a breakdown.
One of the easiest ways to purchase breakdown cover is to purchase it at the same time as your car insurance premium, but this may not be the most cost effective way, especially when you may not use many of the benefits which are thrown in and can bump up the cost.
There is a wide selection of breakdown cover options available so it’s advisable to use a comparison website to work out which is the best and cheapest option to suit your lifestyle
Some of the top breakdown companies in the UK such as the AA and the RAC provide their customers with added perks such as the option to join a club which will provide you with regular discounts off hotels and restaurants etcetera.
What does breakdown cover offer
Basic breakdown cover – offers UK roadside assistance and vehicle recovery to policy holders. The breakdown company will tow your vehicle to a garage but this level of cover will not provide roadside assistance. This is a good option if you work locally and do very little long distance travel.
Comprehensive cover – if your car is old, and therefore more likely to breakdown, you may wish to consider paying a bit extra. Or, if you do a fair bit of travel throughout the year, it is also a better option. There are different levels of cover to choose from so it’s best to look at the variety of options available to see what suits your lifestyle best.