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Car tips & advice | 11.09.2013 - 22:34

Stranded with Car Trouble? 5 Must-Dos Before You Panic

Check out this useful article on what to do if you're ever stuck with car trouble.
Stranded? Don't panic!

Car problems are responsible for many mishaps in our daily lives. You could find yourself coming in late to work, missing out on a dinner date, or even getting injured in a freak accident if your vehicle has unresolved issues. Your car can break down on you when you least expect it, but many people still fail to prepare for the worst. If you happen to get stranded as a result of car trouble, here are some things that you should do to increase your chances of survival before panic sets in.

 

Remain In the Vehicle

One of the worst things that you could do in an emergency situation is to wander away from your vehicle. Your car serves as temporary shelter when you are lost in the middle of nowhere, so it's best not to leave it unless absolutely necessary. If the car breaks down in the middle of a road, try to push it to the side where you would be out of harm's way. Then return to the vehicle to plan your next move.

 

Call for Help

From the safety of your vehicle, call for help using your cell phone or GPS device. Notify your insurance provider, and state that you need car repair and a tow truck. Then contact your loved ones to let them know what's going on. This is the first thing that should come to your mind during an emergency because you want to inform people that something is wrong and that they should be looking for you. Notifying somebody that you need help could be the difference between life and death, especially if you are injured in a hazardous environment.

 

Keep Emergency Supplies On-Hand

Those who travel prepared always keep a first aid kit and other supplies in their car for worst-case scenarios. You can purchase first aid kits from many supermarkets and convenience stores or make one yourself. Be sure to include sanitizing solutions such as rubbing alcohol, bandages and gauze wrap, medications including ibuprofen, and more. It's also a good idea to pack water and canned food, extra clothing, blankets, and other survival tools such as a knife and compass in case you need to fend for yourself.

 

Wave Down Passing Cars

Your best chance of getting rescued after being stranded on the road is to wave down approaching vehicles. Make an effort to signal other cars by turning on your emergency lights and making lots of noise by honking the horn. If the car is completely dead, you can make use of its many parts to create a fire, build a sign, or cause some other distraction to grab somebody's attention.

 

Come Up With a Back-up Plan

You should always have a back-up plan in case assistance never arrives. Figure out where you should head next to look for help. Bring along some essentials such as a map to find your way and a defensive tool for protection from wild animals. Try to stay on the road since your odds of being spotted and rescued will be much higher.

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