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to do when you have car problems
On our recent tour to Flagstaff, one of our members
had car trouble that eventually required him to abort the tour and return
home. Upon noticing he was
missing we were very concerned as to the status of his mechanical issue
and we had difficulty contacting him as he was out of radio range.
Finally one of our members discovered she had his cell number and we called
him but got his answering service and we left a message. He eventually
received the message and phoned back telling us the nature of the problem
and that he was returning home. I do think this event gives us an
opportunity to improve the Club experience.
One of the great benefits of traveling with the Club,
instead of by yourself, is the opportunity for assistance should problems
occur. And, a number of times, folks
have benefited from being with the Group. With a small Group, it is pretty
simple to call on the radio and get help. But, with larger Groups it can
become problematic to determine who is in trouble, and where they are
before, everybody is out of radio range. With this in mind, we have recently
published and sent out the current member cell phone list to all members.
Please keep a copy in the glove box of your Z.
In the future, the procedure for an ailing vehicle
will be to keep track of who’s vehicles are near you. (sometimes easier said
than done) So that you can let someone behind you know that you are
stopping. Call out on the radio that you are planning on stopping, and turn
your emergency flashers ON. Make
part of “Tail-end Charlie’s” role, to watch for and stop with any Zs that
are pulled over. The object here is
to get notification of the disabled vehicle ASAP before radio range becomes
a problem and then let the rest of the group know of the disabled car.
Communication on either the radio or cell phone is the next step and from
there we will attempt to sort things out for the disabled vehicle.
Assuming all members have
the cell phone list with them the first thing they should do if they have a
vehicle issue is to contact any other member on the tour by radio or cell
phone so assistance can be initiated.
This is all pretty much common sense but you might
want to print this out and keep it in the glove box along with the cell
Paul Ebeyer, President
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