Although people are being told to stay at home, using a car will be an inevitable requirement for many, even if it isn’t as regular an occurrence as it would normally be.
But what happens if you get a puncture or your car breaks down? The high levels of rain over the winter means that there are lots of potholes on the roads. Equally, using your car less often might mean you end up with a flat battery.
If you get a puncture and are able to change a wheel yourself then you are fine to do so at the side of the road in the same way as you always would, so long as you maintain the 2m distance to anyone that may stop to help. The normal laws of the road apply, though, so you should still call for assistance from a breakdown company if you are on the motorway.
The good news is that the major breakdown companies will still come out to you if your car breaks down for whatever reason. The AA, Green Flag and the RAC all say that drivers’ safety remains their top priority, although they have put precautions in place to protect drivers and breakdown technicians alike.
The RAC says: “Please let us know if you have symptoms or have been diagnosed when you call our breakdown line so we can take the necessary precautions when helping you.
“When our patrol arrives, please keep a safe distance of at least two metres away.”
They also say that their drivers will use latex protective gloves, hand sanitising gel and wipes to clean surfaces they touch in cars.
Green Flag says they are following the latest guidance when it is updated, while the AA says it should be able to help in most circumstances. It says that those who have symptoms, have been diagnosed or have been asked to self isolate will be told what to do when they call to report the breakdown.
The exception may be European travel. Both the AA and the RAC say their coverage is continuing with restrictions. Green Flag goes a little further by saying: “Any customers who already have European cover, don’t worry, you’re still covered. This is the case for any customers with an active Single-trip European, Annual Multi-trip European, or Euro Plus policy.”
However, all three urge drivers to check the latest Government advice before travelling.