What to Do if Your Car Breaks Down

It’s every motorist’s nightmare, but a car breakdown is something that will affect nearly all road users at some point. Make sure you know what to do if your car conks out by following our handy car breakdown advice.


A well maintained vehicle is much less likely to end up breaking down. Looking after your vehicle with regular servicing might seem an unwanted expense, but you’re paying for your vehicle to be fuel efficient and reliability.

Before starting your journey you should: check oil, coolant and other fluid levels. Make sure your tyres are properly inflated, and double check that the spare tyre is suitable. breakdown vehicle


Be prepared for a car breakdown by keeping the following items in the car – these will make life easier if your vehicle develops a fault: a warning triangle; high visibility vest; waterproof coat; walking boots; something to drink; a warm blanket and some energy bars.

Ensure that your mobile phone is charged and keep of note of the breakdown assistance number provided by your cover provider handy.

In the event of a vehicle breakdown

Keep calm. You’re well prepared and you know what to do!

Motorway breakdown

Much of the same advice applies to a breakdown on the motorway, but there are some important differences.

Get effective cover

For peace of mind, always make sure you have effective