"NEVER BE WITHOUT DRINKING WATER" Australia Warnings Or Dangers Tip by DennyP
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One of the most important things to carry with you ,if notTHE MOST thing to have with you when travelling is sufficient fresh drinking water..Especially if you are out of the cities and in the "out back" this is imperritive as the temperatures can be extremly high upwardly of 40 degrees C and dehydration happens quickly.I ALWAYS carry with me in my car at least 20 litres of water for safety reasons..as most times water is NOT available. In drought conditions when Austarlia is really suffering from lack of any rainfall a lot of "outback" garages will not give you water for your car usually because the water is so scarce. Remember take care when driving in Australia as the conditions out of the cities are vastly different to what most visitors are used to.
I have experienced the dangers of this happening first hand ..when we were travelling in North Western Victoria.The day was extremely hot around 42 Degrees +C. when we came a cross a young woman and her baby who were dehydrating from lack of water and were both in a dangerous situation. Her car had broken down on a back road (she was taking a short cut) She hadn't told anyone which way she was travelling. (bad mistake).She was travelling alone in an extremely isolated place(bad mistake) She wasn't carrying any water (really bad mistake) and really...to do this with a three month old infant was really stupid.The car had overheated due to the extreme heat and she had no water!!!
I stopped only by chance as I saw her car parked well off the road under a large gum tree and that her hood was up on the car but we couldnt see anybody!!! and upon investigation found the two on the back seat of the car in a very dehydrated and worried state. When I approached her car to see if all was Ok I came across the very young mother breast feeding her distressed infant.I called out to my wife to assist with the mother who was crying and in a really distressed state .I had a big " cooler "in the car and we gave her cold wet towels for her and the baby., water to drink , also water to carry with her.She was noticeably really agitated and I know that she was so happy that we had come along as she admitted that she was becoming really concerned for her and especially her babys safety.
I then filled her overheated radiator with water and started the engine.so she could finish her journey..Made sure that she was OK to carry on and advised her to travel to the closest place (a Hotel that was about a mile away) ..gave her directions to where she could rest and contact her Husband..which she did..REALLY this could have had a completely different outcome for her and her infant.
You know this was a culmination of events that could have been disasterous for both .
She didn't expect the day to be so hot and have such extreme temperatures.
She didn't check her car's radiator for water!! or engine before setting out.
She didn't tell anyone whichway that she would be travelling!!
She took a short cut through an isolated route well from the major highway.
She took this isolated route while travelling with a very young infant on her own.
She wasn't carrying any spare water!!
I always carry at least 20-30 litres of water when outback..I also learned a big lesson this day as well to see how easy it is to find yourself in so much trouble.Dehydration occurs quickly when the temperatures are extreme and moreso when you are distressed..
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