If you break down – go left! That’s the message from Highways England as it launches its biggest ever campaign to help drivers feel safer on the country’s motorways.

In a multi-million pound public information drive the company is giving motorists clear advice about what to do in an emergency.

“No one plans to break down on a motorway, but if the unexpected happens then I want all motorists to know what to do so that they can keep themselves and others safe,” said Nick Harris, Highways England Acting Chief Executive.

Highways England has offered the following advice to drivers who experience a problem with their vehicle:

Go left

  • Put your left indicator on and move into an emergency area, onto a hard shoulder, motorway service area, left-hand verge or A-road lay-by.
  • Switch hazard warning lights on.
  • On a motorway without a hard shoulder, it should be possible for most vehicles experiencing a problem to reach an emergency area.

Get safe

  • If it is safe to do so, and you can get out with any passengers, exit your vehicle on the side furthest from traffic. If it is not safe to do so, stay in your vehicle and wait for help.
  • If you can exit your vehicle keep well away from moving traffic and your own vehicle. Get behind a safety barrier where there is one, and where it is safe to do so.

Get help

  • Contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 and then a breakdown recovery provider.

If you are unable to exit your vehicle and get to a safe place, have stopped in a live traffic lane or feel your life is in danger, stay in your vehicle with your seatbelts and hazard lights on and call 999.