Goodness gracious, great ball of fire!

For most of us, having a car catch on fire, is something we associate with a Hollywood movie. Every now and again though, it turns into a frightning reality for some.

Earlier today, on the road between Knysna and Sedgefield, an unfortunate driver had to face exactly this reality as his vehicle combusted spontaneously. It is surely not something anyone suspects as they climb behind the wheel and even less so when it is a diesel driven engine. One of the reasons why people buy diesel driven cars is that the high flash point makes it unlikely that your vehicle will turn into a ball of fire.

Between the driver who kept his wits about him, and the quick response of the fire department, nobody was injured in the incident.

What To Do?

If your car catches fire while you are driving, the most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then follow these steps, which also apply if your car ignites in a parking lot.

1. Signal and move immediately to the left shoulder, or left lane.

2. Bring the vehicle to a stop and shut off the engine while getting yourself and all passengers out.

3. Get as far away from the vehicle as you can, at least 50 meters - there is always the danger of explosion and toxic fumes.

4. Notify the fire department - do not try to put out the fire yourself.

5. Warn onlookers and others to keep away, as well.

6. If you can, and it is safe, you can attempt to warn oncoming traffic.

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Going up in flames
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Going up in flames
To the rescue
To the rescue
Nothing but ashes
Buffalo Bay turn off
Knysna, WC
South Africa
34° 1' 59.9988" S, 23° 4' 0.0012" E
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