Our school car park has become a dumping ground for old cars for some reason. It's important to get them removed quickly, as they are often in bad condition and can be dangerous for the kids and their families, as well as taking up a lot of our car parking spaces. We have a towing service that removes the cars from our car park quickly so that we can free up the spaces. This blog talks about the processing of getting cars towed off site and how to choose a towing service that is responsive to your needs as a school or business.
Australia is a land of extremes, boasting anything from the aptly named Snowy Mountains to the searing heat of the Red Centre. That can make a breakdown even more serious, potentially putting your very life at risk, so make sure you follow these tips if you ever find yourself behind the wheel of a broken down vehicle in the middle of the desert.
1. Get Out of the Car
Your car provides protection from the sun's rays. Unfortunately, it can't protect you from the sun's heat. In fact, the inside of your car is going to become roasting hot very quickly, so don't sit inside after you've ascertained that the car won't be going anywhere. However, you can take out any removable seats; they can be placed in the shade to keep you from sitting on the hot desert floor.
2. Stay With Your Car
You should leave the cabin of your car, but that doesn't mean that you should walk away from the car itself to try and find help. For one thing, the exertion is likely to do you harm. For another, you're most likely to get rescued if you stay by the car. Other people will see it and know that you've broken down. If you're simply walking along without one, they may think you're a hitchhiker and hesitate to pick you up.
3. Cover Up
Even if its blisteringly hot, remember to keep your clothes on. They will soak up your sweat and help keep you as cool as possible. You should also use any light materials in the car to cover up your arms and legs if your clothes aren't already doing so. Most importantly, ensure that your head is covered with anything at hand, even if you end up draping your road map on as a hat.
4. Drink Regularly
Ideally, you'll want to be drinking around one litre of water per hour in order to stay hydrated, though this is not always possible. If you are heading into the desert, take a few extra bottles with you. If you failed to do so, ration out your water so that it will last a good few hours. Never drink it all at once. Whatever you do, don't drink the water in your car's radiator. That might have worked for people in a film you saw or a book you read. Unfortunately, modern vehicles will mix the water with anti-freeze, and anti-freeze will kill you.
5. Don't Fall Asleep in the Shade
The worst thing about shade is that it moves; if you fall asleep in the shade, you're likely to wake up with sunburn. Of course, you could also miss the chance to flag down a passing car or be missed by your towing service. Make sure you stay awake, no matter how worn out you become.
Breaking down anywhere can be a real drag, but breaking down in the desert is serious. Make sure you follow these tips to ensure that you are protected from harm.