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  Imagine you’re on a solitary road trip, surrounded by nature’s vastness, and suddenly, your car decides to play tricks on you. No network for miles, and your trusted engine seems to be on vacation. What do you do in such a predicament? This article provides practical tips for handling common car troubles on the road, ensuring you stay safe and can reach for help if needed.
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  1. Overheating Issues

If your temperature gauge starts rising, reduce your speed and accelerate gently until you reach the nearest town. For an overheating engine, switch off the engine, put the gear in neutral, and let the car coast while moving. Switch the engine back on when needed, especially on uphill roads.
  1. Alternator Troubles

If the battery signal pops up, signalling alternator issues, and switch off non-essential components like the AC and radio. Drive at a low speed until you reach a safe spot. Alternator problems might drain your battery, so conserve power until help is within reach.
  1. Flat Tire Challenges

Maintain a low speed if you encounter a flat tyre. Keep moving until you reach a safe place to change it. Even if the tyre is damaged, it’s better to keep moving slowly until you find a secure spot. Always have a spare tyre in good condition.
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  1. Engine Shutdown on Top Speed

If your engine suddenly goes off at high speed, a damaged fuse might be the culprit. Learn to identify different fuses and how to handle them temporarily in emergencies. This knowledge can be crucial in keeping your car running until you reach safety.
  1. Fuel-Related Issues

If your car jerks or moves sluggishly, it could be a fuel pump problem. Turn off the engine intermittently, put the gear in neutral, and keep moving. Giving the fuel pump short rests may help it pick up again, allowing you to reach a safe location or find help.
  1. Strange Sounds or Blinking Oil Signal

If you hear unusual sounds or see the oil signal blinking, reduce your speed and keep moving. Manage the issue until you reach a safe place or have access to network coverage. Sometimes, slowing down can prevent further damage.
  1. Transmission System Problems

If your gear or transmission system acts up, reduce your speed but keep moving. Slow progress is better than coming to a complete stop. Prioritize your safety, and seek assistance when possible.
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Final Thoughts

While some mechanical issues demand professional attention, these practical tips can help you navigate common car troubles on the road. Remember, your safety comes first. Stay aware of your surroundings, be friendly with fellow travellers, and always stay prepared for unexpected challenges. Safe travels! Source: Wanjohn D-Mecho on X (Formerly Twitter)
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This article was first published on 6th February 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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