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If your vehicle quit running....(rest in details)

Asked by SQUEEKY2 (19397points) June 3rd, 2015

And you couldn’t quite get off the road, what would be some of the first things you would do?

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talljasperman's avatar

Put hazard lights and on call AMA or tow truck. Put flares out if at night.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Amazing @talljasperman and you don’t even drive, you would be shocked at how many people don’t even try to put on their hazard lights.
Next if it is safe put the hood as well, so people get the idea along with your hazards that the vehicle is broke down and inoperable .

ucme's avatar

Sack the chauffeur
Call for back up staff
Point & laugh at trees

Dutchess_III's avatar

Hit my hazzard lights and start flashing my brakes like mad until people started stopping behind me. I also realize I’ve lost power steering and power brakes, so I’d muscle the car as far to the right as possible.

I don’t carry flares with me.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@ucme – I’d also suggest

“Go stand next to a tree and urinate”

Dutchess_III's avatar

I put on my hazard lights when I find myself the last car stopped for construction. I turn them off if a car that comes up behind me turns theirs on.

stanleybmanly's avatar

flares upstream (if you have them)

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@Dutchess_III also if you come up behind a slow big truck on a hill,lets people know your there wouldn’t believe how many people see the truck but not the car right behind it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Shit! One time there was a guy riding a John Deere riding mower along the side of the highway. His wheels were running on the outside white line. There was a truck right behind him, who had seen me and was waiting to pull around him. However, unbeknownst to me there was a car behind him who got impatient, and whipped around, came clear in to my lane, almost hit me…..he had no idea I was there. It kills me how, if people can’t see something, even if there is an obstacle, many will just assume there is nothing there.

jerv's avatar

I’ve limped a car many miles at low speeds… staying far to the right with my four-ways on. I’ve had the engine cut out on me before, but always been able to coast at least far enough to get off the road. My personal record with no engine is about 2½ miles; my buddy’s record is about 12 (yes, twelve) miles. So it’s hard for me to say what I’d do in a situation that other people would have been stuck in but I have managed to avoid so many times. There was only one time where I couldn’t get off the road, and it was pretty obvious why.

Judi's avatar

I have a flashing light that slips onto the top of a safety cone that I keep in my car in case of emergencies.
When we bought a BMW that we picked up in Germany it had a reflective traffic triangle in the trunk. Apparently it’s the law over there that you carry one.

ibstubro's avatar

Day or night?

Day I would put my hazards on and call 911. Then I’d try to flag down other motorists that might help push my car off the road.
Night I’d put my hazards on, call 911, and get well back.

ucme's avatar

@elbanditoroso Good lord no, a passing squirrel might grab my nuts.

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