Motorways and A Roads
Our major road network is growing. But do YOU know what to do if you break down on one of them?
Safety experts at the AA (Automobile Association) have produced guidelines for any drivers involved in a breakdown on a motorway or A-road. Do all your business drivers know them?
Wherever you break down, the first thing you should always do, according to the AA, is to get your vehicle off the road if possible and warn other traffic by using your hazard warning lights. However, there are a lot of considerations to take in. We have previously talked about what to do if you break down on a motorway or Smart motorway, but the AA have a full list of what to do to stay safe if you break down on a major road.
As the motorway network grows, the AA is also stressing the specific driving rules and tips that apply to driving on these routes. There have been changes to tackle tailgating and hogging the middle lane in the last few years that older drivers may not be aware of. Do all your drivers know them?
Brush up on your knowledge with this special AA guide, which includes safety advice from the AA Driving School.
Understanding what to do if you or one of your drivers breaks down on the motorway or trunk road will become more important as Britain’s strategic network grows dramatically over the coming years. It’s no wonder that Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin called the present government’s road-building scheme "the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades".
One of the biggest changes will be the transformation of many important A-roads into ‘Expressways’ with standards of safety and performance similar to motorways. These are expected to be implemented from 2020. On behalf of road users, AA President Edmund King welcomed the new trunk road plans. “All road users are entitled to safe and uncongested national arteries,” he said.
However, as a breakdown and repair service, it’s important to the AA that every road user knows how to stay safe when their vehicle fails, so that they can ensure they can help you as smoothly and quickly as possible.
This includes Allstar customers. As our partner, the AA offer every Allstar fuel card customers a pay as you go breakdown service, so if you ever break down, you can call on them and pay for their service as they help you.
You can find out more about this service by taking a look at our breakdown page.