Step by step: Driving manual
Posted Thursday, February 28 2013 at 02:00
Many motorists in Uganda have probably seen the emergency road flares fitted in their used cars but do not know what they are or how to use them. Emergency flares are highly effective means of warning on-coming traffic or attracting attention of a potential rescue party during a road-side emergency or breakdown.
Here are 10 simple steps to follow in case you need to use the flare.
1. Select a suitable location to place the flare before you light it. The ground should be level and free of combustible elements like leaves, paper boxes, petroleum products and vehicles. Place the emergency flare 50 to 100 metres away from any vehicle.
2. Identify the cap at one end of the flare. Remove the cap to explore the striking surface similar to that one on a matchbox.
3. Study the cap to determine how to support the flare once you light it.
4. Remove the cap to expose the flare. The end must have an ignition surface.
5. Hold the flare as far away from your body, face and clothing. Hold the flare with your thumb in the middle, your body shielding it from the wind and hand away from the ignition surface.
6. Light the flare like a match stick by striking it against the coarse surface of the cap.
7. Carry the lit flare pointed downward and away from yourself so the burning residue does not drip onto your hands.
8. Replace the flat cap on the back end of the lit flare.
9. Position the flare on the ground away from vehicles and combustible materials. Make sure it is visible to oncoming traffic and does not roll.
10.Extinguish the flare before you leave the emergency site by pouring water over it or taping it against the road surface.