I’m a roadside mechanic and have an annoying car problem that I always get called to fix

There’s nothing worse than that feeling when you spot a blinking light on your dashboard and you don’t know what it means.

The Sun spoke to North Yorkshire mechanic Sean Pidley, 33, who works for AA, about what to do when you have a problem – and how to avoid common mistakes.

Repair driver Ripon Sean just welcomed his second child


Repair driver Ripon Sean just welcomed his second child

He warns that drivers often have similar problems.

“Nine out of ten times it’s just the battery’s fault,” says Sean.

The craftsman suggested a a few key checks that drivers can do to avoid battery problems occurring while on the road.

He added: “Keep an eye on your dashboard lights, listen to the engine hum, and check the battery for corrosion.”

You can tell if your car battery is corroded if there is green powder leaking around the power source.

Sean’s advice to motorcyclists with breakdowns is to stay calm.

“The important thing is to try not to panic,” he said.

“Obviously it’s a stressful situation, but you need to think clearly.”

Drivers with vehicle breakdowns must safely pull over to the side of their vehicle — behind a barrier if present, Sean said.

If there is no safe place to stand, the driver and passenger should stay in the vehicle with seat belts on.

That’s even more difficult on smart highways, which only have “emergency refuge zones” every few miles.

And unsurprisingly, auto and double track are Sean’s favorite places to get repairs done.

“Those two are definitely the worst,” he said.

“Some don’t have tough shoulders, which makes our lives a little more difficult.”

Sean also said that there was one mistake he found the most difficult – replacing a broken headlight in the middle of the night.

Amazingly, troubleshooting critical issues in the pitch-black darkness is one of the hardest parts of the job, says Sean.

“Obviously we’re trained to deal with anything and working through the night is nothing new to us.”

“But change headlight bulb can be especially difficult because you are constantly working blindly.

“Switching a light bulb when you can’t really see what you’re doing can be quite tricky.”

There are expansion plans Smart motorway has been halted after ministers said they would consider reintroducing tough roles on all motorways during the night.

Emergency refuge areas should be found within about half a mile – but Most Britons are still not sure how to wait safely at the roadside.

The government launched an urgent investigation into the smart motorway last September after several speed cameras were spotted pointing up into the sky.

Drew and Paul with the Triumph TR4 they restored in Episode 2 of Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars I’m a roadside mechanic and have an annoying car problem that I always get called to fix

Fry Electronics Team

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