What should you do if your vehicle has a puncture on a motorway? 

By Alicia Jarvis
Updated on August 2, 2021

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What should you do if your vehicle has a puncture on a motorway? 

Pull up on the hard shoulder or in an emergency refuge area and call for assistance – Because of the dangers posed by passing traffic at high speeds, do not attempt to fix your car while it is on the hard shoulder.

 

How to notice if you have a puncture

If your vehicle suddenly becomes unstable or you notice steering issues, you may have a puncture or a blow-out (burst tyre). Try not to get too worked up.

You should:

  • Take your foot off the accelerator.
  • Don’t slam on the brakes abruptly.
  • Maintain a straight path by firmly gripping the steering wheel.
  • Slowly come to a halt by the side of the road.
  • Get your vehicle out of the way of oncoming traffic (or onto the hard shoulder if you’re on a highway).

If you must move the car, do so cautiously to prevent further damage to the tyre or wheel rim.

Never attempt to change a wheel oneself on a highway. Call for help using the emergency phones at all times. On all other roads, get the car to a safe location before attempting repairs or wheel replacement.