Drivers urged to check SOS button in cars that could save your life
Drivers are urged to check their vehicles for a special emergency button that can connect you directly to 999 when you're in danger.
Most people nay not be aware of this SOS function.
But all new types of cars and vans are equipped with the emergency call system known as eCall, which includes an SOS button fitted in the vehicle.
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The National Highways even shared a video to explain what you need to do when you need help on the road.
"You don't need to have a mobile phone with you for it to work," they said.
"But you should only press the eCall button if the situation requires the emergency services.
"You might have a medical emergency or see someone else needing help or you might find yourself with a problem and unable to get out of your car safely."
If you find yourself in any of the mentioned situations, you are advised to turn on your hazard warning lights, keep your seatbelts on and press the eCall button to call 999.
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A 999 operator will be able to get the driver's location and details and cut the saving time by half.
Mel Clarke, Customer Services Director at National Highways, said: "Safety is our priority at National Highways.
"The emergency call (eCall) system and its SOS button could save lives and revolutionise road incident response on the roads, yet our research shows that most people do not know about it.
"I urge drivers to check if they have this safety feature installed, particularly if your vehicle was manufactured since April 2018, and to follow our advice about how and when to use it."
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