Your vehicle has a puncture on a motorway. What should you do?

Question Topic: Incidents, accidents and emergencies

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Drive slowly to the next service area to get assistance
Switch on your hazard warning lights. Stop in your lane
Pull up on the hard shoulder. Use the emergency phone to get assistance
Pull up on the hard shoulder. Change the wheel as quickly as possible

The official DVSA guide to driving states:

If your car suddenly becomes unstable or you begin to notice steering problems, you might have a puncture or a blow-out (burst tyre).

Try not to panic.

  • Take your foot off the accelerator.
  • Don’t brake suddenly.
  • Try to keep a straight course by holding the steering wheel firmly.
  • Stop gradually at the side of the road.
  • Get the vehicle away from the traffic (onto the hard shoulder if you’re on a motorway).

If you have to move the vehicle, do so very slowly to avoid further damage to the tyre or wheel rim.

On a motorway, never attempt to change a wheel yourself. Always use the emergency telephones to call for assistance.

On all other roads, get the vehicle to a place of safety before attempting repairs or changing the wheel.

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