What to do if your car breaks down. - ACS Personal Insurance
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/acspersonalinsurance/pages/1/attachments/original/1446729134/car_white_final.png?1446729134 https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/acspersonalinsurance/pages/1/attachments/original/1446729143/house_white_final.png?1446729143 https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/acspersonalinsurance/pages/1/attachments/original/1446729144/landlord_white_final.png?1446729144 https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/acspersonalinsurance/pages/1/attachments/original/1446729136/caravan_white_final.png?1446729136 https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/acspersonalinsurance/pages/1/attachments/original/1446729131/boat_white_final.png?1446729131 https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/acspersonalinsurance/pages/1/attachments/original/1446729146/life_white_final.png?1446729146 https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/acspersonalinsurance/pages/1/attachments/original/1446729141/health_white_final.png?1446729141

What to do if your car breaks down

speedo.jpegOur cars are an essential part of our daily lives, but breakdowns can happen to any of us - and usually at the worst possible times.

It’s really a matter of when - not if - something will go wrong with your car, and being prepared for it will take some of the stress out of the unexpected. So before you head out, here are our top tips on what to do when your car breaks down:

Before you get on the road

Ensure you have roadside assistance before heading out. Most new cars and some secondhand cars come with this service, but if yours doesn’t it is worth the investment. Taking the initiative to join is generally much cheaper than signing up on the day your car breaks down. You’ll avoid taking up a more expensive offer in the stress of the moment, plus you’ll know that assistance won’t be far away should you ever need it.

Before your car breaks down

Most of the time, your car will give some indication that there’s a problem before completely breaking down. Try to be aware of what’s happening; is there an unusual noise or vibration? Is the car overheating? What dash lights/indicators are on? Is there steam or even smoke coming from the bonnet? All this information will help roadside assistance or your mechanic to get you back on the road as soon as possible.

As your car breaks down

If your car begins to stall, try to pull over to the side of the road and as soon as it’s safe to do so. Put your hazard lights on and raise your car bonnet to make your car more visible to other drivers. If you’re on a highway, be careful about getting out of your car and keep an eye on the moving traffic. If it’s night, put your car’s internal lights on, to make you more visible to oncoming traffic.

After your car breaks down

Once you are safely parked and out of the way of traffic, call for roadside assistance and wait inside your vehicle. Keep the number of your roadside assistance saved in your mobile phone or noted in your cars manual. You may not be able to Google this information if you break down in an area with poor reception. If your mobile phone isn’t working, seek help from passing drivers. If you are in a very remote area it’s important that you stay with your car, rather than leaving in search of assistance.

Most importantly, prepare for the unexpected by having an emergency kit ready in your car. Include things like a first aid kit, jumper leads, a good spare tire, socket wrench and jack plus water and a warm coat. Then in the unexpected event that your car does break down, you’ll have peace of mind that you are as prepared as possible to get through this mishap with ease. 

Showing 1 reaction

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • Bryar Wolf
    commented 2019-12-05 22:39:23 +1100
    The car and its functioning is appreciated for the future times. The driver of the car and https://topamericanwriters.com/essaylab-org-review/ is held for all humans rider is evaluated for the scale. The path is inquired about the quality of the car for all riders.


get updates

ACN 062 448 122 I AFSL 247 388 | ABN 91 460 778 961 | © 2015 ACS Financial Pty Ltd

Ezicover insurance products are issued by Zurich Australia Limited (Zurich) ABN 92 000 010 195 AFSL 232510 of 5 Blue Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060. This information is of a general nature only and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider these factors and the relevant product disclosure statement (PDS), available here, which contains details of conditions, limits and exclusions of cover, before making a decision regarding the product. ACS Financial (ACN 062 448 122, AFS Licence No. 247 388) promotes this product and if you buy an Ezicover insurance policy, ACS Financial will receive a commission from Zurich of 20% (plus GST) of your insurance premium. This amount is paid by Zurich and is not an additional cost to you. Details of remuneration received by ACS Financial can be found in our Financial Services Guide.

ACS Financial ABN 91 460 778 961 (“ACS Financial”) has an agreement with Honan Insurance Group ABN 67 005 372 396 (“Honan”) for the distribution of general insurance products. ACS Financial is entitled to receive from Honan a commission for insurance policies issued pursuant to this agreement. General insurance products are issued by CGU Insurance Limited ABN 27 004 478 371 AFSL 237281 (“CGU”). Product disclosure statements for the CGU insurance products are available here: Home & Contents Accidental Damage; Home & Contents Listed Events; Home & Contents Fundamentals; Motor Vehicle; Landlords, Caravan, & Boat. You should consider the product disclosure statement before making a decision in regard to your insurance needs.

This website and web links have been prepared by ACS Financial Pty Ltd ACN 062 448 122, ASFL 247388 (ACSF) and is general information about ACSF’s introduced product offerings and services. The information contained within is given in summary form and does not purport to be complete. Information on this site, including any product pricing and financial information, should not be considered as advice or a recommendation to purchase/transact. It does not take into account your particular financial objectives, financial situation or business needs. Before acting on any information you should consider the appropriateness of the information having regard to your own circumstances and read the linked PDS. If there is any relevant subsequent offer we recommend you should seek independent financial advice.