What to do when your Car Breaks Down


If you break down on your own and roadside repairs are needed, phone for help. Tell the breakdown recovery service that you are on your own. They will normally text you details of who is coming to recover you as this isn’t always a branded name you’ll recognise. If at night, ask them to keep in touch with you or to give you a number you can call if you are worried.

Phone the police if you are worried by any obviously predatory attention.

If necessary, ask passers by to help you move the car to a safe place so you don’t cause an accident.

Alert other motorists by using a safety triangle some 10 metres from the car and switch your hazard lights on.

If you break down on a motorway get out of the car and stand well away from it whilst waiting for police or the breakdown recovery service to reach you.

If you have one, wear your fetching fluorescent jacket so you can be seen!

If you are taking your car overseas, in our opinion one of the best books is Driving Abroad: Skills, Advice, Safety, Laws published by Haynes Publications; entertaining and full of “need to know” detail for most overseas countries.

If you’re a more hands-on girl and are confident that you are in a safe enough situation to carry out some essential roadside repairs then check out our section covering these.

Steph Savill

Steph Savill

Steph Savill, Founder of FOXY Lady Drivers Club. FOXY Lady Drivers Club does things differently for girls in a male-oriented motoring world. Helping women live up to its name (foxy means shrewd, canny and astute) FOXY's online membership services include best-value female-friendly garages and dealerships, safety and 'green' car checks, exclusive moneysaving offers, shared feedback about best-buy cars, insurance & finance products and someone to turn to for personal advice and support, should anything go wrong in these areas. website

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