Question Topic: Incidents, accidents and emergencies
The official DVSA guide to driving states:
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.