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Automotive Emergencies: Part 2

    We all know how important it is to have a basic knowledge of first aid in an emergency, but how many of you know first aid for an automotive emergency? This is part two of a three part series that will help you be prepared should you suffer a automotive break down.
» Part 1: Emergency Stops
» Part 2: Emergency Stops
» Part 3: Emergency Stops
» Part 4: Car Doesn't Work
» Part 5: Change A Flat Tire
» Part 6: Other Problems
  1. You're driving down an L.A. freeway and suddenly the hood flies up. Again, what is it we don't do? We do NOT slam on the brakes. Are you detecting a pattern here? Look down and through the space between the hood the cowl of stick your head out the window to see where you are going. Apply the brakes slowly, use your signals and get to the side of the road as far as possible.

    Take a look at the hood latch. It's probably broken. If you can't tie it down with a necktie or brassiere, call a tow truck and have it taken to the repair shop. Now don't write me nasty letters. A brassiere makes a very nice bungee cord and is very strong. I have had cars come in with mufflers and tail pipes being held up by a brassiere.

  2. You're driving down a road in Chappaquiddick and as you cross over a bridge, you've had a little too much to drink and run over the side of the bridge into the deep water below. What do you do? If your vehicle is equipped with power windows, open them immediately and hold on to the steering wheel or whatever is handy as tightly as you can.

    Once the vehicle is filled with water you can swim out the window. If you have manually operated windows wait until the vehicle is almost filled with water then open the window and swim out. Don't panic, there is enough air in the vehicle for you to breathe. Don't waste time trying to open the door; the water pressure will hold them shut tightly. The window is the best way to escape.

  3. You are driving down the road and you realize your vehicle is on fire. Don't panic, just pull over to the side of the road immediately and get out of the vehicle. If it is a small fire you might be able to put it out with dirt, a coat or blanket. Never use water to put out a vehicle fire. If it is an oil or gasoiline fire all that would do is spread it.

    If it is a fuel system fire, get as far away as possible, at least 500 or 600 feet since there is a distinct possibility the vehicle will explode. Then call your insurance agent because he has said that you are in good hands with him.

  4. You see a car jump the median and headed straight for you. You realize he is going to hit you head on. If you don't have your seat belts on, lay down across the front seats or on the floor. The idea is to get as far below the windshield and windows as possible. If you have your seat belts on and have an airbag, you have to do the hardest thing in the world at that point. RELAX!!

    Tensing and tightening up will greatly increase the chance of serious injury. Ever wonder why so many drunk drivers hurt others and never themselves? It's because the alcohol has relaxed them so much they are practically limp. Don't worry, the seat belts and air bag will do their job and protect you.

  5. Godzilla is tearing through the town and a live electric power cable has fallen on your car. Do not try to get out of the vehicle. The tires will, more or less, insulate the vehicle so stay in the vehicle until help arrives.

» Part 1       » Part 2       » Part 3       » Part 4
Part 5       » Part 6
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