With garages closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, how can you deal with a breakdown?
Most people will not be venturing out of their home much at present, but a large number of key workers do still need to get to work, and many of us need to use a car to collect food, essential medical supplies, or care for vulnerable people.
If your car has a breakdown or a punctured tyre, you can still call out your breakdown service provider, who will either repair your car by the roadside or take you to a garage that is still open.
Recovery services have said that they are still operating a call-out service, and their patrols are following Government coronavirus guidelines: they are keeping two metres away from customers, wearing protective gloves and wiping down surfaces that they touch with sanitiser or disinfectant wipes.
A spokesman for the RAC said: "We saw a reduction in breakdown callouts immediately following the restrictions announced by the Prime Minister, but we are still rescuing customers who need breakdown assistance for essential journeys – either at home or at the roadside. We’re also attending to emergency service vehicles, delivery lorries and other critical vehicles as normal."
In the event of a breakdown, as long as you have no COVID-19 symptoms and are not self-isolating, you can contact your recovery company in the usual way. If you have symptoms, you should let the phone operator know so that precautions can be taken when they recover your vehicle.
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