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What to do when............ - February 15th 2013, 08:13 AM


Another what to do when question. I was at my orientation the other day, for college and when I got out, I walked up this road to get to the train station, nice, busy road and I was just walking and a woman's car broke down. She couldn't get it started and she was sort of diagonal in her lane. Pressure was building, cars were approaching and nothing was happening.............

I thought, oh yeah, cars are nowhere yet, maybe I should potentially help somehow. I didn't, she eventually got her car going, and looking back on it, helping was probably not an amazing idea, but what do you do when someone is broken down and they have their car stuck in an awkward position in the middle of the road like that, near you?

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Re: What to do when............ - February 15th 2013, 08:22 AM

Offer to help them push it to the side of the road!

That's pretty easy, they put the car in neutral and steer (which can be done with a dead battery, out of petrol, etc), and you push it from behind. As a general rule a relatively fit young person can push a car on a level street without much trouble. The advantage of this is often if people see one stranger helping, they're more likely to jump in and help too.

Also, getting the car out of the traffic flow is important - having a dead car with live traffic is a huge risk, for obvious reasons, and well, safety first!

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Re: What to do when............ - February 16th 2013, 07:55 PM

I work with a local safety and police department, so I see this stuff all the time. My car is equipped with basic repair supplies, as well as safety gear (like lights, cones, flares, etc both for emergencies, and for road traffic). So for me, I always stop and help out (and at the very least get the car off the road and call a tow truck).

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Re: What to do when............ - February 28th 2013, 10:46 PM

In addition to what everyone else has said about how to get the car moved. Let me give you advice from my mommy. Mom's kinda a safety nut but I watched The Hitcher so cars and mean people come to my mind a lot. She told me that if you decide to help someone when their car is broke down, before stopping, call someone and let them know their car is broke down and you need help then get out and make sure others are around and it's not entirely a dark area, more of a public area. If it's not public, just call the cops and ask if they could pick someone up. That way you can help people and be safe about it. BUT where I live, it's pretty dangerous at times soooo those rules may just apply here.
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Re: What to do when............ - March 6th 2013, 04:38 AM

I'm with Christabel on this one. Offer to help, but make sure there are lots of people around, just in case it isn't as safe as you think.

I myself have had a major car problem. Luckily i was in a turning lane when my clutch went, but i was pretty freaked out by it. and people were getting mad because i blocked a lane.

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