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What to do if your car breaks down on the highway

Published on: 24 March 2016

What to do if your car breaks down on the highway

Breaking down in the middle of a busy highway is not an experience that anyone wants to go through. As much as we hope it won’t happen, there is always a chance that you might break down.

Follow these steps if you ever find yourself in this unfortunate position:

  • At the first sign of car trouble, remain calm and carefully make your way towards the emergency lane. If you need to change lanes, watch your mirrors and the traffic around you closely. If the road does not have an emergency lane, safely move the car as far off the road as possible.
  • Pull up your handbrake, and switch on your hazard lights.
  • Getting out of your car can put you in danger of being hit by oncoming traffic. Only if it is safe to do so, position a reflective triangle a good distance behind the car. By law, you are required to carry at least one emergency triangle for times like these.
  • Keep your windows closed and your doors locked.
  • If your car has a flat tyre, don’t try to change it until you can get to the side of the road. Only attempt to change it if the flat tyre is on the side of the vehicle that is not facing traffic.
  • Notify your roadside assistance provider or insurance company to get assistance as soon as possible. Depending on the policy that you have, insurance companies such as MiWay, may offer roadside assistance as a value-added service to provide clients with peace-of-mind.
  • Alert friends or family members who may have been expecting you at a certain time and explain your situation to them.

MiWay’s 24 hour Roadside and Home Emergency Assistance hotline is 08600 767 64.
For more information, as well as terms and conditions on MiHelp benefits, click here.