Motorway crash – What to do

Anybody seeing the footage of the horrific car crash pile up on the M60, M62 during the recent bad weather would have wondered about the after effects of that crash. Where would those lucky people in the cars go? Who would take their car away? Are they repairable? Insurance cover? A lot of things to think about!

Twenty people were injured in that 16 vehicle motorway pile up. Nobody was trapped in any of the vehicles involved and no-one was taken to hospital. How lucky were they?

But it does leave you thinking, what would I do? Are we insured for recovery if we had any sort of bump, breakdown or tyre blow out. There are tales of being left on the motorway for hours while you wait allbeit maybe for a relative or a vehicle recovery truck to come to the rescue. It is a terrifying experience when cars are speeding past and you are thinking what to do, maybe you have small children with you or on your own.

Here are some points of advice:
1. Make sure you are in a safe place.
Move your vehicle off the road if possible, to a soft verge or pull onto the hard shoulder if you are on a motorway and can’t turn off at the next exit. Make sure you stop as far to the left as you can.
2. Put your hazard warning lights on
If it’s dark or foggy leave your sidelights on too.
3. Stay well away from moving traffic.
It is usually safest to get out of your car (using the doors facing away from passing traffic) and wait behind a barrier. If you are on a motorway move up the bank if you can. Leave animals in the car.
4. If you don’t have a mobile walk to an emergency phone on your side of the carriageway. Follow the arrows on the posts at the back of the hard shoulder – the phone is free and connects to the police.

There is no hard shoulder so follow these steps:

If you have to stop in a traffic lane, turn on your hazard lights as soon as possible.
If you are in the left hand lane get out of the vehicle and wait behind barrier, if you cant get out, or you are in another lane and it’s not safe to leave the vehicle, stay in your car with your seatbelt on and dial 999.

You could be anywhere in the country so getting home to where you want to be is a priority. Vehicle hire is probably the best option offer a reliable service at competitive prices.