Centre for Road Safety

Top 10 tips

  1. Find a safe spot to pull over such as an emergency breakdown area.
  2. Park your vehicle as far to the left as possible.
  3. Always activate your hazard lights.
  4. Activate your parking lights in poor light.
  5. Call roadside assistance on your mobile phone or use a roadside emergency phone.
  6. When leaving your vehicle always check for traffic.
  7. Leave your vehicle from the passenger side if possible.
  8. Avoid crossing the road at all times.
  9. Stand clear of the road. Move behind a safety barrier if safe.
  10. Stay in your vehicle with your seatbelt on if it’s not safe to leave.

Points to remember

  • Check your fuel, oil, water and tyre pressures (including the spare) before a long journey.
  • Carry a high-visibility vest, warning triangles and a torch inside your vehicle.
  • Breakdown lanes are only for breakdown situations. Use a rest area for making social phone calls, toilet stops or attending to children.

Our Breakdown Safety Glovebox Guide and Breakdown Safety Strategy have more information.