What to do if your vehicle breaks down?

Download this SafetyDriven poster for vehicle breakdown safety tips. This poster provides you with a vehicle breakdown checklist which will help you stay safe during a vehicle breakdown. These tips will help reduce the risks associated with this roadside emergency.

Here are 5 safety tips to follow during a vehicle breakdown:

  • Turn on your emergency flashers
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Use 3-point contact while exiting or entering the cab
  • Make a cone zone to direct traffic away from you and your vehicle
  • Assess the risk by returning to your vehicle, or if there are any hazards, stay far off to the side of the road

Call 911 in case of an emergency! Do not forget to watch out for hazards if your car breaks down, including slips, inhalation of vapours or smoke, musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs), cuts or burns, fire, and moving traffic. It is also useful to have personal protective equipment (PPE) on hand in the event of a vehicle breakdown, such as a hi-vis vest, gloves, safety footwear, and tools like a fire extinguisher and first aid kit.

You may also follow additional safety guidelines in the event of a breakdown:

  • Keep your vehicle off the road by pulling over to the nearest shoulder
  • If necessary, alert other motorists on the road about the incident
  • Be prepared to call roadside assistance immediately once you have secured the safety of your vehicle
  • Be mindful of your surroundings

Be sure to remember these helpful tips to be prepared and keep you safe. A vehicle breakdown is an unfortunate event that can happen anytime. It is important that you are well equipped to tackle any issues pertaining to this emergency. Safety Driven’s poster on Vehicle breakdown safety tips is a must have for all highway motorists especially truck drivers. Check out other useful resources from Safety Driven for roadside and driving assistance.

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