Road trips are a hoot. Great fun, shared with friends and family. You pack your snacks, pump the music and head off to somewhere exciting to spend your holidays. And you’re counting on your vehicle to get you from A to B. But what happens when disaster strikes and your break down in the middle of nowhere? Now, if this happens to you it may seem as though your holiday is over. But it’s not a game-changer. There are a few things you can do to either get back on the road or make the experience more bearable. Let’s check this out in more detail.
Call A Mobile Mechanic
Did you know some mobile mechanics can come to you in case of a breakdown? These professionals drive vans that are fully equipped with everything that you need to get back on the road. You may have to wait an hour, or more if you’re in a rural or remote area, but it is worth calling one. The cost is usually comparable to a brick and mortar mechanic as well, just so you know what to expect. Nine times out of ten a mobile mechanic will get you back on track after a while. If not, they can organize a tow truck and spare parts needed for the repairs.
Consider Roadside Assistance
Before you set off on a long road trip, you may wish to consider purchasing an emergency roadside assistance product from an insurer. This is an insurance policy that pretty much guarantees a technician will be able to come out to your broken-down car within an hour or so and do what they can to get you back on the road. Roadside assistance techs can replace batteries, flat tires and fix other common breakdown causes. Most policies include towing as well, so your car can make it to a mechanics for more extensive repairs. Some also include emergency transport and accommodation as well, so even if you’re in the middle of nowhere you can make it to a hotel to rest and sort out the drama the next day.
Find Shade and Stay Hydrated
While you wait for help, you’re going to want to look for some shade to rest in, especially if you’re broken down in summer. This is especially important if you break down on the side of the road in summer. Encourage your children to play in the shade too, and make sure that you have plenty of fluid to drink. You mustn’t stay in the broken down car during the summer, or keep any kids or animals in the car. A stationary car can double in heat inside during a hot day, making it deadly for anyone inside, especially small children and pets. Stay outside in the shade and drink lots of water.
Going Remote? Consider a Satellite Phone
If you’re doing a huge trip across a remote area, like crossing the Nullabor or driving through the Northern Territory, you might want to consider buying or hiring a satellite phone. These have heaps more range than a regular mobile, ensuring you can get help during a breakdown in even the most remote regions.
A Broken Down Car Conclusion
The first thing you should do when broken down in the middle of nowhere is to call a mobile mechanic. You may also want to consider taking out a roadside assistance policy before embarking on your trip. If you break down in the bush in summer, seek shade and stay hydrated and never keep anyone in the car, especially kids or pets. Finally, if you are driving through truly remote regions of the country, hire or buy a satellite phone for peace of mind.