Centre for Road Safety

Top tips

  • Always activate your hazard lights (and parking lights in poor visibility)
  • Find a safe spot to pull over, such as a hard shoulder or breakdown lane
  • Position your vehicle as far away from other traffic as possible
  • Stay in your vehicle with your seatbelt on and call roadside assistance
  • If you have to get out of your vehicle, always check for traffic - leave your vehicle from the safest side, away from the traffic, especially at night
  • Try to avoid crossing the road
  • Stand clear of the road and move behind a safety barrier if it is safe to do so
  • Do not attempt to change a tyre unless it is safe to do so. If possible, drive on a flat tyre to a safe spot away from traffic.

Be prepared before you leave

  • Before a long journey, check your fuel, oil, water and tyre pressures (including the spare). Our tyre safety tips have practical advice.
  • Carry a high-visibility vest and a torch inside your vehicle
  • Breakdown lanes are only for breakdowns. Use a rest area for making phone calls, toilet stops or attending to children.
  • Fatigue is one of the three big killers on NSW roads. Find helpful advice in our tips to avoid driving tired

Breakdown Safety glove box guide

Copies of the Breakdown Safety glove box guide can be ordered on our Products page.

The guide, and our Breakdown Safety Strategy - A Way Forward, are also available as downloads: