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Car trouble, then what?

Lesson 1; STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE (unless you are a 100% sure that you can reach help on foot.)

 

Many cases are known of stranded travellers who tried to reach help on foot and perished along their way, mostly by dehydration. Their bodies were found only a few kilometres from their vehicle. Humans walk a 5 kilometres per hour on average, untrained and in a blistering sun this will be even less. So it will take you easily 5 hours to cross a distance of only some 20 kilometres. Within those 5 hours you can easily be dehydrated and too washed-out to set even another step.

 

At your vehicle, on the other hand, you will have shade, there is no exertion and most probably you will have more water than you could carry with you. Like this, you can hold on for days which gives you a far greater chance to be found. Try not to get mad at each other, do not become desperate, you are both in it and there is no turning back. Instead, try to be inventive and keep your common sense and be realistic about things.

For example, even that last exit you saw with a letter box next to it, might only be a 60 kilometre drive way to a farm station. And are you really sure that that last little village you saw is only 5 kilometres back or would it rather be 25 kilometres? If you do 100km/hr in your car, 25 kilometres is just a 15 minutes’ drive. Your feelings can easily play tricks on you so try to stay realistic at all (desperate) times.

 

You also can visit the Australian Bureau of Road Safety.

 

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