How to Handle a Highway Breakdown or Collision

Vehicle breakdowns and collisions can occur when you least expect them to. Do you know what to do if your car breaks down, your battery dies or you get into a collision? Below is a list of great tips to help prevent getting stranded and to help get you off the road quickly and safely.
Car broken down on side of highway

What to Do if Your Vehicle Breaks Down

We have compiled a list of some general guidelines to follow if your vehicle breaks down on a highway.

Broken windshield

What to Do if You Are Involved in a Collision

Be prepared if your travels take an unexpected turn. Collisions can cause a lot of stress and confusion. Be prepared, be cautious, be safe and follow our tips should you get involved in a collision.

Prevent a Breakdown

Prevention is key to avoiding a vehicle break down. Be prepared, be cautious, be safe and follow this simple advice:

Check your vehicle.

  • Service your vehicle on a regular basis
  • Regularly do walk-around inspections of your vehicle
  • Study your owner's manual so you understand your dashboard warning lights

Plan ahead.

  • Keep an emergency kit and other essentials in your vehicle
  • Get a detailed checklist of what you should carry in your vehicle

Important Numbers

Police and Ambulance


Manitoba Public Insurance Claims


CAA Roadside Assistance


Winnipeg: 204-262-6000

Cell: *222

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.