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Automotive Emergencies: Part 3

    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 three of a three part series that will help you be prepared should you suffer a automotive break down.
» Part 1: Misc. Emergencies
» Part 2: Blizzards
» Part 3: In General...
» Part 4: Care For Your Car
» Part 5: Emergency Equip.
  1. In general, if you should breakdown on an Interstate highway, you should open the hood, turn on your emergency flashers and wait for help. Even if you have just run out of gas. A Good Samaritan may stop to offer help such as calling the State Highway Patrol, send a tow truck from the next service area or even give you a ride to the next service area.

    Truckers have a very efficient communications network that they use to help those stranded on the side of the road. Quite often they will stop, if it is safe to do so, and give you a lift. If a Good Samaritan does not stop to help, a State Highway Patrolman will eventually come by and provide help.

    Ladies, I need to remind you that there are two legged predators out there that will offer help or a ride. If you are alone, PLEASE, use your best judgment in accepting this help. It is better to err on the side of safety than to become a headline.

    One thing you can do to protect yourself is take down the license plate number of the car offering the ride and writing it down, with a note, and leaving it prominently on the dash board of your car. Don't do it secretly, let whoever picks you up know you are doing it. Ask him his name and write it down in your note in front of him.

    Someone who is genuinely trying to help won't mind and a possible predator is much less likely to try anything knowing he can be readily identified.

    Not all conditions are as good as on an Interstate highway. There are thousands of miles of more isolated roads that people breakdown, run out of gas or have accidents on. The best advice comes from the State Police. Be sure to check your fuel level, tires and other basic items before traveling on isolated roadways.

    If your vehicle should suffer a breakdown or run out of fuel, it is usually best not to open the hood. You would be better off to walk to the nearest house or farm and ask to use the phone, or ask them to call for help for you if they will not let you in. Don't be upset if they won't, they are just playing it safe.

    It's best to lock your car with a note on the dash that can be read through the window. If the breakdown occurs during a storm, follow the advice I gave previously for this situation. You can try hitchhiking to the nearest town or service station. Hitchhiking is illegal but a policeman would be pretty pathetic if he gave you a ticket for it in an emergency situation.

    Hitchhiking is very, very dangerous, especially for women, so you should not do it except in an emergency situation.

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