PER NON RESTARE MAI A PIEDI CON LA TUA AUTO

Staying on foot with your own car has happened to many, and it is certainly not a pleasant experience. On any type of road this happens, you must first try to secure the vehicle, without panicking. As soon as you feel that something is wrong, you need to insert the arrow, keep an eye on the rear view mirrors and move to the right side of the road, obstructing traffic as little as possible. On the motorway, the safest place is a lay-by, or at least the emergency lane; if it is not there, turn on the lights and the “four arrows” (you have to be seen as much as possible). Below we show you some devices that can help you avoid breakdowns. Or, if it really should happen, to reduce inconvenience and risks.

REFLECTIVE JACKET

In general, before getting out of the vehicle it is a good idea to check that you can do it safely and then wear the reflective vest, to be more visible. The latter is required by law when exiting the car in an emergency situation, so it is a good idea to get one and keep it in the door pockets, within reach (and certainly not in the trunk).

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TRIANGLE

After putting on the safety vest, the reflector triangle must be positioned about fifty meters behind the car, so that other motorists understand sooner and more easily that there is a car stationary on the side of the road. You need maximum attention to oncoming traffic and you must try to walk off the road. The triangle is provided for new cars, but on a used one it may be missing: always better check and, if necessary, get one. And anyway it is better to act in advance, checking at home, calmly, how it can be positioned on the asphalt and if it is stable enough: sometimes these are unreliable devices, which deserve to be replaced with more robust ones. With just a few euros, safety can be greatly improved.

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TORCH

For cases of breakdowns during the night it is good to have a flashlight in the car with the batteries always charged. It will be essential to understand what happened to the car and what the nature of the problem is, but it can also be useful on many other occasions.

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GLOVES

If we wanted to act ourselves to try to identify the problem that caused the breakdown, the use of work gloves would be indicated: they could be very useful, for example, to change a tire or even to mount the chains in case of sudden snowfall. without dirtying us or risking hurting us.

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FUSES

The fault that left us on foot could be caused by a trivial electrical problem. For this it would be useful to have on board a box with the most common fuses for our car (and perhaps having identified first where it is necessary to look in the passenger compartment and in the engine compartment to change them).

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FIRST AID KIT

It is not strictly related to the case of the broken car but, as a precaution, especially for those transporting children or fragile people, it is advisable to have a first aid kit with you that can contain plasters, disinfectant, gauze, healing ointment and so on.

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BATTERY STARTER

One of the main reasons why the car may not start is the battery, especially if the car is not used every day and remains stationary for long periods. When the battery is no longer “very fresh” it tends to lose its charge more easily and even after two or three weeks of inactivity it may happen that it leaves us on foot. For this it would be useful to have a portable starter. This is essentially a rechargeable battery that provides power to the car battery in an emergency. But how is it used? It connects to the positive and negative pole of the battery and proceeds by turning the key in the ignition to start the car. After this emergency start, however, it will be good to recharge the battery or replace it if this is too old (a battery usually lasts from 5 to 7 years in typical use).

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BATTERY CABLES

Those who do not want to face the expense of purchasing a starter (to be kept loaded anyway) can opt for the classic cables to always keep in the trunk. In the event of a low battery, they allow you to connect to that of another car, taking the energy needed to restart our car. Also in this case, after the emergency starting, it is advisable to contact a workshop immediately (and without having the engine switched off), which will recharge the battery (or replace it, if necessary).

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TIRE REPAIR KIT

In addition to a dead battery, one of the main causes of a breakdown is a puncture in a tire. In this case, if the car is equipped with it, the damaged tire must be replaced with the spare tire (to be kept inflated with periodic checks). But, if the tire has no obvious damage (cuts or large holes) you can first try to start again using an inflate & repair kit. These are sprays that are injected into the rubber itself, releasing a foam capable of filling the small holes and proceeding to the first tire specialist available for repair.

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TOW HITCH

In more recent cars, towing takes place by screwing a special hook to the bodywork. The special compartment is hidden by a cover in the bumper. This device is supplied as standard, but, if perhaps the used car you bought does not have it, it is better to replace it: it costs little and is useful even if we have to “save” another car that is stationary or in difficulty, for example. , because it is stuck in the snow.

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TIRE INFLATION COMPRESSOR

So far we have seen some of the steps to be taken when we are already on foot. But what to do to minimize the risk of this happening? One of the most useful things we can do is to periodically check the condition of our tires. Not only to check for wear or the presence of dangerous “buboes” which can mean damage to the structure due to a hole or collision with a pavement, but also to check the pressure. Over time, in fact, this tends to decrease due to small and physiological leaks, and it is essential to restore the values ​​prescribed by the manufacturer: a pressure that is too low, in fact, could compromise road holding, braking and induce consumption. excessive fuel and tread. To do this it is necessary to have an inflation compressor. There are several types: those that connect to the current, usually more powerful but only suitable for use in the garage, those with pedal and battery, which recharge and can also be used while traveling.

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BATTERY CHARGER

Keeping the battery in good working order is one of the main measures to minimize the risk of being left on foot. Especially if the car is not used every day and it remains stationary for a long time (after two or three weeks a battery with a few years on its shoulders can run out). This is easy to fix as long as you have a portable charger at hand and have access to a power outlet. By connecting it to the car battery, in a few hours we will get a full charge. Modern battery chargers are “smart”, in the sense that they are able to regulate the current delivered based on how charged the receiving battery is and, once completed, act as maintainers delivering a small amount of current even for long periods in order to keep the battery in good working order.

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CAR BATTERY

Even the best chargers can do nothing if the battery charge has dropped below a certain level after being left discharged for a long time. At this point all that remains is to replace it. It is essential that a battery with the characteristics prescribed by the car manufacturer is chosen. For this reason, some battery manufacturers, through their website, provide a “configurator” that allows you to choose the battery based on the model of the car. Pay attention not only to the amperage values, but also to the dimensions, because the new battery must fit in the housing provided by the manufacturer.

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ADDITIVES

Another trick to keep your car efficient and therefore minimize the risk of being left on foot is to take care of it even using additives for the engine. There are various types, but the most common are those for cleaning the injectors and valves. Their use is very simple: just add the contents of a bottle when full and the rest will be done by the additive during combustion, helping to keep injectors and valves clean from carbon residues.

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CAR TOWING INSURANCE

We could be as provident as possible, but we will not be able to 100% avoid staying on foot with our car. For this reason, it is important to add to the legal liability insurance also the optional one called Roadside Assistance, a lifeline that avoids heavy outlays when a tow truck is needed.


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