Road trips through the outback can be incredibly fun, especially for those looking for new sights to marvel at. In the Northern Territory outback region alone, you can go from Alice Springs and Kings Canyon to Darwin and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
However, sometimes disaster strikes and you break down in the middle of nowhere, hours from the nearest town. Suddenly, you’re regretting not using that extra car space to pack breakdown essentials!
Don’t fret. Banjo’s Towing is here to ensure that you handle your car breakdown efficiently and as safely as possible. Follow these five simple steps and we’ll have you back on the road in no time.
1. Find a safe place to pull over
If your car starts making weird noises or you experience a flat tyre, be pre-emptive. Pull into a safe spot on the side of the road whilst your car is still somewhat functioning.
We recommend that you pull into an open area away from sharp turns and soft verges. This will prevent the likelihood of a road accident or collision with another vehicle.
2. Alert other vehicles
These safety precautions will show other drivers that you are experiencing an issue long before they encounter your vehicle so they can swiftly move out of your way or offer help where necessary. If it’s dark, you should put your sidelights on as well as your hazard lights.
3. Determine your location
What’s the point in calling an auto service if they’re unable to locate you? This is a simple step, but one that is often overlooked and can save a lot of wasted phone battery.
Look for mile markers or crossroads that will help determine your location on a map. You could also use the GPS feature on your phone or car to find out specific information.
Banjo’s has extensive knowledge of the Northern Territory outback region, which helps us figure out your exact location as quickly as possible.
4. Call a mobile mechanic
A mobile mechanic is able to assist in the case of a breakdown on the road. They will ensure that you are back on the road in no time, or organise a tow truck to take you to a safe location in town.
At Banjo’s, we provide a 24-hour, emergency towing service seven days a week that will come and collect you instantly upon request.
5. Stay hydrated
Whether you’re accustomed to the Australian heat or not, car temperatures can double in the heat when sat in the sun for too long. For this reason, we encourage you and all other family members and pets to get out of your vehicle and move to a shaded area.
Staying hydrated will also stop you from panicking and losing focus.