I was driving to work today, and I got to thinking (and my drive isn't all that long, so my brain has no time to fire up on all cylinders in such short time, so forgive me if this is silly stuff) about what would happen if one were to break down in our neighbourhood, and thought to myself, it's not so bad, it's a safe neighbourhood. And then I extrapolated that to a bad neighbourhood, and thought of ideas to avoid being in trouble, and then it grew and grew and I decided there has to be some "survival kit" that is easy to implement and affordable to have for each South African car owner, and I came up with an idea...
It's a simple idea - and it works on the following principle;
So my briefly morbid, yet potentially life-saving and practical solution is to keep a cheap cellphone hidden in the trunk of your car that has been prepared for emergencies. Were the unthinkable (or rather, undesirable) to happen, one could simply grab the phone, use it as a source of light to open the trunk from the inside (if one knew how), or otherwise contacting the emergency list and advising them of your desperate need for emergency salvation.
I know most of us don't want to think of such things, but when I read stories of four guys trapped in the trunk of a car for eighteen hours, or someone being left in a car to roast, etc. it makes me think that we need to be a little more proactive than simply hoping it won't happen to us!