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Goal 2015: Driving Emergencies

You are in your car and it suddenly dies on a highway. Do you know what button to push in your car in an emergency? Is your car ready for a winter snowstorm? Have you decided on your “one” goal for the New Year?

Recently my almost 13-year-old car, “Little Red” died in the middle of the highway in rush hour traffic in early evening while the sun was still out. When Little Red suddenly went from the speed limit to 0, I immediately put my finger on the emergency blinker lights.

Cars were zooming around me at top speeds. I quickly called the Automobile Club on my cell phone and looked up my location on my I-pad to tell them what roads I was near so they could send a tow truck. I explained where I was and that I needed immediate assistance because of “Little Red” being dead in the middle of the highway.

As I was speaking to the Auto Club, a policeman knocked on my window and asked, “Why did you stop your car in the middle of the highway?”

I explained, “My car’s died.” He said. “Put the car in neutral and try it again!”  I did and it was still dead!

He said, “You can’t stay here. Let me push the car to the right side of the highway. And he did!

Shortly after that the tow truck from the Auto Club arrived to tow “Little Red” to the dealer.

Thank heavens I remembered to push the emergency blinker lights “button”. It saved my life and all the other drivers speeding around me. The policeman was a wonderful person for helping to move “Little Red” out of the center of the highway.

I was thinking, “What if my car had broken down in a snow storm? What should you always keep in your car for all emergencies?

Experts say in addition to a full tank of gas, you should include the following in your Emergency Road Pack:

  • Charged Cell phone: Cell charger
  • Scraper with small broom
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Necessary medicine
  • Extra clothes, blankets, extra socks, gloves, hats, scarves
  • Bottled water, snack food including energy bars, raisins, candy bars
  • Road salt, Sand or Cat litter, (for extra traction), shovel
  • Emergency flares and reflectors,
  • Whistle
  • Wind up radio
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency tire sealant

Now you know what you must have in your Emergency Road Pack in case of a snowstorm. You also know what “button” to push if your vehicle dies on the highway.

Have you finally decided on that “one thing” you want to accomplish as your goal for this New Year?

It is never to late to set your “one” goal!

Write your goal down; write down your plan of how you are going to accomplish it, and a date by which you plan to reach that “one” goal. Place that sheet in front of your computer where you can see it every day so that you can reach for that one goal.

I’ve decided my goal is to buy a new car that will last more than 13 years. I’ve already started looking for it and saving for it. I should have it in 5 months by May 1st at the latest!

So what’s your goal and what date do you plan on reaching it? Get started today!

Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM, John Maxwell Team Member, and Certified World Class Speaking Coach is an Best Selling Author, sought after speaker, business owner, teacher, researcher, and concert artist. She helps businesses and organizations “Tune Up their Businesses”. Her innovative observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your businesses successful. She writes a monthly newsletter “Madeline’s Monthly Article & Musical Tips Blog” and a monthly radio show “Madeline’s One Minute Musical Radio Show”. She has just published her new book “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget” available in print or as an e-book.


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