The best way to avoid a breakdown is to ensure that your car is regularly serviced by a franchised dealer or an independent garage. In this way, potential problems may be spotted and fixed before they can become more serious, and parts that may be becoming worn can be replaced in good time.
It is also important to keep your car well maintained in between services, such as checking and topping up the oil, testing the lights, checking the battery, inspecting the tyre tread and pressure and checking the cooling system. These simple tasks may be carried out fairly easily by yourself at home, and can go a long way to help preventing your car from breaking down. You can find more details about home car maintenance in the Owing a Car section.