Lesson # 11: From My Broken Car
A few nights ago, my car broke down… Since I can’t find the words to describe how it went… I’ll just cut the long story short by saying that I spent 8 hours and more than 5,000 pesos just so that I could get home and bring my broken-down car with me. (and it now needs an engine overhaul. yikes!)
So I learned a lot of things from this road-trip-gone-wild.
1. Relying on your Dad or any family member to make decisions for you when your car breaks down isn’t the best way to go. Getting stuck 50+ kilometers away from my house made sure that I had to handle things on my own.
2. Knowing your engine really helps. (This is when that Automotive class back in 4th year highschool comes in handy) Not all of us are car-savvy but at the very least we should know the basic things about what’s under our hood. Watch your dad or driver tinker with the car to get some pointers. Brush up on your car knowledge.
3. Pay attention to the sound your car produces. You need to know when something is wrong just by listening to it. (my car sent out weird ticking sounds before it stopped for the first time.
4. Pay attention to the warning lights. They are there for a reason.
5. When it stops, don’t panic.
6. When it stops, your first priority is to make it start so that you can reach a place where you can get more help. Check the battery, water and oil. If it’s the battery, call 370-MOTO. They deliver fast and they accept all major credit cards. You can also start your engine by pressing on the accelerator while someone turns the key inside the car simultaneously. If none of these work, try pushing (except kung uphill)
7. Go to the nearest gas station and look for a mechanic.
8. If there’s no mechanic there, approach tricycle drivers and other drivers of local public transpo, they know where to find one in the area. (but they will charge you extra for the service)
9. If it’s late at night and you can’t buy replacement parts, you can either have your car towed or leave the car in a place nearby and go back for it in the morning with a mechanic.
10. If your car can run but you know it will stall every now and then (because of a broken oil pump, radiator hose, fan belt or what), then you can risk it. However, you must not run more than 50Kph and you have to schedule and plan the stops you are to make. Don’t wait for the car to stall anymore. Unahan mo na at pagpahingahin mo.
11. Know your emergency numbers. If you don’t have any, dial 187 so you can get the number that you need. If your car breaks down in the Alabang-Paranaque area, call ROCKY ROAD RESCUE at 09214890850.
12. If you’re really in a rut, then it’s time you call your dad. 🙂
In hindsight, I realized that I was very lucky that night despite what happened.
Fortunate event 1: When my car broke down in the middle of nowhere, it started again after a few minutes
Fortunate event 2: When it stopped for the second time, it was just when I was about to enter a gas station.
Fortunate event 3: It again stalled at a well lit area with a nice starbucks branch
Fortunate event 4: Expressway personnel allowed me to enter SLEX and move at 40-50Kph.
Fortunate event 5: When my car couldn’t take it anymore, it stopped just when a roving police vehicle was about to turn. Dito ko talagang nakita na HINDI LAHAT NG POLICE CORRUPT. The policemen who helped us were really nice and they made sure that we were safe all the time.
Fortunate event 6: Before the policemen left to look for a tow truck, they told us to wait somewhere nearby and they suggested this bar-resto about 500 meters away but instead we settled for a nearer venue kahit na closed na lahat ng establishments. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as they later found out that a robbery took place in that bar-resto while we were waiting.
Fortunate event 7: Good company. Kaya hindi ako nabadtrip masyado. 🙂
God is Good. I prayed that we be able to go home safe and sound. I promised that I’ll go to church again if he’d send us a tow truck and a little while after, the truck and the kind policemen came back.
The only unfortunate victims of that adventure were my car and my wallet.
At least ligtas at masaya parin. 🙂