A ROADSIDE STORY
Many drivers take roadside assistance for granted. Some driver might not even know they have it. I personally cannot tell you the number of times that roadside assistance has come to my rescue. Locked keys, flat tire, or battery jumps; roadside assistance is a wonderful tool. “I can jump my own car” some might say. My response is to imagine the following…
EYES ON THE ROAD
It is the middle of the week. With just a quarter past ten, the streets seem to be clear. With limited cars in sight, you can probably shorten the stretch in reaching your cozy destination. Then suddenly, so you see something. Up ahead, a man frantically waves his hand at oncoming vehicles but none stopped. Then you pull over.
This middle-aged guy Jimmy tells you that his automobile won’t start shortly after you came out of your pick-up truck. He has stopped at a convenience store in order to buy some bread. When he started the engine, what he hears is the tapping sound akin to someone tapping on a Morse code apparatus. Then it hits you.
So here you are, offering roadside assistance to somebody. A lot of scenarios suddenly pop out of your head. Do have the necessary tools to help the guy out? More importantly, do you have enough knowledge to jumpstart his automobile?
LEFT SOMETHING OUT
Let’s try to backtrack here a bit. Prior to jumping into your car, there has been no indication that you’ve taken the necessary preparation for a road trip. Although vehicles usually have tools, there is no guarantee that these materials are complete. Missing out on trip preparations can, at times, be disastrous for you.
For instance, even if you have the alligator jack or the lug wrench but you forgot to bring the early warning devices, changing a flat tire can still be dangerous for you. So preparing the necessary tools is definitely vital.
Going back to the guy who needed road assistance, it will be a double whammy if he himself had not brought in the necessary materials. It will even be more disastrous if, like you, he has a very limited knowledge about fixing cars.
You must take note that troubles on the road are doubly catastrophic if it happens in solitary or less populated highways. How will you and that person you intended to help get through the problem? Here are the practical approaches to this predicament.
Primarily, you need to have the contact numbers of your mechanics with you. That way, you can call them up when you need roadside assistance. It also helps if you know the area that you are treading on the way to your destination. Doing so allows you to have the exact locations of nearby service centers.
LEARNING TRULY HELPS
Secondly, it is best if you have at least some practical know-how about vehicles. The tapping sound on the car of the person you’ve tried to help can probably be attributed to loose battery terminals. However, you will not know that unless you have previous knowledge about such thing. The truth is you don’t need to be a mechanic in order to survive on the road. Having some solutions about common automobile troubles is all you need.
Third, you need to be receptive about the situation that you are in. The guy who needed your assistance may have parked his car properly but in most roadside troubles, the cars usually stall or lose power in the middle of nowhere. Now that is very dangerous. Imagine yourself being in the center with speeding vehicles zooming around. That early warning device will come in handy in such situation.
BRING IN THE ESSENTIALS
To sum it all up, you need three things to keep roadside assistance essential. Preparation is key to everything. One, you need all the numbers from people that will help you in case things get complicated on the road. Talking about contact information, you should take note that this is not only limited to mechanics and towing companies. This also means that you should be able to reach persons with authority like policemen or firemen. At some point, these people will provide you with the resources or services that you need.
Two, acquiring practical knowledge about car troubles will not hurt you. In fact, it will be your gateway towards greater facts where automobiles are concerned. Three, equally important is that sense of awareness. Car troubles always happen unexpectedly. You need to be on top of the scenario when that happens.