Some years ago, my car broke down on the A406. I rang the break down company and was advised to wait in the car.
After looking at how others were driving and thinking about it further, I got out of the car and stood between the metal bars in the middle of the road that separated the cars travelling in different directions.
People often don’t look well or drive slowly enough to react quickly when they need to act/stop etc.
The driver of a van saw that my car was stationary but he realised too late! He had to break hard to avoid hitting my car and 2 other cars nearly went into him. The sound and sight of it was terrifying! It was OK but it could have a different scenario altogether!
Can YOU do anything to encourage break down companies to advise those who are in a broken down vehicle differently? Do you have a few minutes to forward even this post to your MP? All you have to do is visit http://www.writetothem.com/, add your postcode and then you can press one button and send a message to your Councillors, London Assembly Members & Member of Parliament.
The message I received by email today prompted me to write this post.
Here is that message: –
I have been asked to pass on this message to people who drive……..take care.
As most of you now know – my cousin sister died in a car crash on Sunday afternoon.
Can I beg for you all to understand the rules of driving … that if you break down…DO NOT STAY IN THE CAR!!! This is what Kajal did…however it wasn’t her fault as she broke down the A40 and there was no hard shoulder there….She couldn’t have got out in the middle of the road with cars zooming pass!
A Tow truck went into her whilst she was waiting for the RAC to come and rescue her and she was stationery talking to her dad……had she had not been sitting in the car – her life would have been saved! I am devastated as I only spoke to Kajal on Thursday and she was a little sister I never had!!!
Only this morning whilst I was driving – a car had broken down at Gillette corner – I wound my window down – it was a young guy in a nice car…I asked him are you okay and he goes I called the RAC – I told him to get out of the car as he was sat in it! I told him my cousin died 2 days ago in exactly the same situation as you! He listened to me and got out and carried on with his phone call! He could have potentially saved his life! Or maybe I was sent to him to tell him that!
LESSON TO LEARN – if you break down
Get out of the car and walk 50 yards!!!
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