I love driving!
I have been fascinated with automobiles all my life. Growing up with three older brothers meant that I was a tomboy myself. Touchwood, with no discrimination at our house based on gender, ensured that I did the exact same things that my brothers were up to.
My first brush with a breakdown:
I had just got my test license and was driving to an aunt’s to check on her because she had been unwell. Dad had some business in the town and all the three brothers were busy in their own universe. I pulled out my car from the garage and was out on my way already when I started feeling vibrations on the floor of the car.
It struck me that the car was due for a service soon:
Our family diligently sent cars to the service station because the probability of breakdown was quite high and it did not make sense to spend money once the damage is done. We rather have it in the best of shape. So, I remembered that the car was due for a repair the previous week. The thought froze me. I was scared that in event of a breakdown I had no idea what I must do.
Luckily, I reached Aunt Hilda’s place safely:
I was relieved when nothing untoward happened on the carriageway. But I learned my best lesson on that day as to what one must do in case of a breakdown.
The hard shoulder of the carriageway:
I Googled and read out a detailed manual on what one should do in case of an emergency like this one. It said that the hard shoulder of the roadway is the best place to park the car in case of a breakdown. Once the carriage is on the side of the way, one should immediately on the hazard parking lights of the vehicle to signal the speeding vehicles that the car is stationary. Also, if it dark, it is also important to on the sidelights of the car. The next time your car breaks down go here first.