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What To Do If Your Car Breaks Down In The Outback

The 4WD adventurer’s worst nightmare is an incredible reality. Breaking down in the middle of the outback, remote area or wilderness. Unfortunately, this is entirely possible, even for the most seasoned traveller. 

With some preparation, avoiding a break down is possible. However, some issues can take you by surprise, leaving you stranded literally in the middle of nowhere. We share with you what to do when your car breaks down during your 4WD adventure, and what precautions to take to avoid this happening.

Don’t Leave Your Car

Whilst it may be tempting to hit the beaten path and look for help. Leaving your 4WD, even with loved ones, is not the best idea. Without knowledge of where help might be, you may find yourself on a blind hunt, seeing you lost in the outback. Or else, hurt from simple injuries or wildlife attacks. 

The last thing your family needs when dealing with a broken down 4WD, is to be sending out a search party. Staying with the vehicle ensures that you and your companions stay safe until you can continue on your road trip. 

Attract Attention

Instead of heading out to look for help, take the opportunity to attract attention instead. As you initially pull off to the side of the road, turn on your hazard lights to indicate an issue. 

Also, open the hood of your 4WD, as this is the universal sign of car breakdowns. With your visual set-up aligned to attract passing help, turn to your radios and mobile phone for help. If you’re in a place where you still have reception, call your roadside assistance with your location. 

If this fails to work or if you are out of service, turn to your 4WD radio. Use this to request immediate support to your location.

Roadside assistance for a broken down 4wd
Image sourced from Hema Maps

Conserve Your Water

It’s impossible to determine how long you’ll wait for help. Your location may be quite deserted, and support may take some time to come to you. During this time, hydration is critical. Dehydration can occur vigorously and dangerously sooner than people assume. 

Though you want to conserve your food supplies, water is best rationed first. Consume sparingly to avoid dehydration. Gather your water supplies into one area so you can manage accordingly and understand what you have left.

Prepare Wisely

Every 4WD adventure needs appropriate and thorough preparation. Though mapping where to go is essential, equipping yourself with emergency supplies is just as important. Ensure you’ve packed spare water bottles and tank, to replenish your thirst and the 4WD’s water needs.

Most 4WD fanatics carry universal tools, to address any fixable breakdowns on the road. Easily one of the most overlooked forms of preparation is servicing your vehicle before you leave. Your failure may occur because of neglect, or prolonged time between regular servicing.

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