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 donâ€™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 visitÂ http://www.writetothem.com/, add your postcode and then you can press one button and send a message to yourÂ Councillors,Â 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 â€“ my cousin sister died in a car crash on Sunday afternoon.
Can I beg for you all to understand the rules of driving â€¦ that if you break downâ€¦DO NOT STAY IN THE CAR!!! Â This is what Kajal didâ€¦however it wasnâ€™t her fault as she broke down the A40 and there was no hard shoulder thereâ€¦.She couldnâ€™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 dadâ€¦â€¦had she had not been sitting in the car â€“ 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 â€“ a car had broken down at Gillette corner â€“ I wound my window down â€“ it was a young guy in a nice carâ€¦I asked him are you okay and he goes I called the RAC â€“ 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! Â Or maybe Â I was sent to him to tell him that!
LESSON TO LEARN â€“ if you break down
Get out of the car and walk 50 yards!!!
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