Car breakdown

Car problems, what next?

Lesson 1: STAY WITH YOUR CAR (unless you’re 100% sure of a walkable distance to help). There’s plenty of stories about travelers leaving their car and going on foot to look for help and, when help is nowhere to be found, die of dehydration. These deceased are later found kilometers away from their vehicle. A person walks about 5 km/h, untrained and in the bright sun, this is even slower. It’s easily going to take you about five hours walking a twenty-kilometer distance. Within those five hours, you could already be dehydrated in Australia and unable to walk another step.

However, with your car, you have shade, you don’t move a lot and probably have water with you. This way you can survive for days which gives you a bigger chance of getting found. Don’t get angry with each other, don’t give up, you’re in this together and you’re going to need each other.

Try being inventive but keep using your brains by being realistic.

For example, the last little road you saw with a mailbox could have a 60-kilometer driveway to a farm with cows. Or you’re really sure the last village you saw was 5 kilometers back or was it 25 kilometers? With 100 km/h in your car, 25 kilometers only takes 15 minutes. Your senses can betray you so keep thinking realistic.

 

Roadside assistance

When you have bad luck on the road, it’s kind of handy if you could get some roadside assistance. This is different in every state in Australia. You could become a member of the AAA (Australian Automobile Association). This is the main emergency roadside service. Here you can also apply for wettelijke aansprakelijkheidsverzekering. This is an absolute MUST when you buy a car. You don’t want to drive into somebody’s Porsche…

 

When you’re a member of the AAA you can call the state’s roadside assistance. They’ll come and help you.

If you chose to hitchhike, here are a few tips for getting a lift.

 

1.You can hang a little note in hostels/travel agencies/internet cafes asking someone to take you with them to a nice destination.

2.After that shortly describe how nice of a girl/guy you are from the Netherlands.

3.Then note that you’ll be willing to share the fuel costs.

4.Last but not least don’t forget to put your phone number on it.

 

Taking hitchhikers with you is a common thing. It’s also a reliable thing among the backpackers. You can choose to get to know each other and see if there’s a click. Afterwards, you can talk about the plan/route to see if you’re on one line.

 

This is a nice way of getting to know each other!

 

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