You know that saying, “if I didn’t have bad luck I wouldn’t have any”, well that applies to me.
Not only did our car breakdown, it broke down on the motorway when I had our little boy with me. The car just totally lost power, I had no acceleration whatsoever so managed to put on my hazard lights and drift over to the hard shoulder.
Once we’d finally pulled over I got my phone out to call our breakdown recovery, only my phone wasn’t working. I had an error message on the screen saying invalid sim. With a crying three year old and no phone I had to somehow get help so put him in his buggy and walked down the hard shoulder to the emergency SOS phone.
My bad luck just continued as the emergency phone also wasn’t working. By this time I was getting pretty desperate not knowing how I was going to get in touch with anyone to let them know what happened.
Waving my hands at the side of the road with my son just meant that I was getting awful hand gestures from other drivers and them honking their horns at me. They were clearly thinking I was an idiot to be on the hard shoulder with a child but what was I supposed to do?
Nobody stopped or attempted to help but I could see what looked like a path a little further down the hard shoulder. We walked a little further and climbed over the fence. I thought I had finally gotten a little bit of luck and could safely walk to a public phone. Only the path lead into some overgrown bushes. Bad luck again and there was no where to go but back to the hard shoulder and back to the car.
At this point both Archie & I were distraught. I was scratched & bruised from climbing over a fence with a three year old & a buggy. This breakdown was turning into such a nightmare. Again I just had to stand on the hard shoulder with the buggy further up the grass verge just waving my arms about praying someone would stop & help us. Eventually a woman pulled over, followed closely by two police cars. The woman came up to me to help but as the police had also arrived she hopped back in her car and left.
The cars driving past had reported me to the police for walking up the hard shoulder with a buggy and after a few minutes in the back of the police car they drove me back to my car with my keys to prove my story was right. Thankfully they were understanding and knew why I had to walk further down the hard shoulder rather than staying with the car. They phoned my insurance to arrange recovery and phoned the little man’s Grandad to come pick him up.
Eventually after hiding from the rain under a bush for an hour we were towed back home to our local garage which is just around the corner from our house. Then more bad luck, the repairs to the car were going to cost £2000!!
We have now managed to pull together £1100 from our savings and our wages but we’re still £900 short and desperate to have our car fixed. Our little boy starts at a Special Needs school in September and just can’t cope with public transport. Because his disability isn’t a physical one he doesn’t qualify for transport costs to school either so we really need this car fixed within the next few weeks.
We’re looking at a few options. Hopefully we will be able to borrow the extra money from family. But if not? Are we able to reduce our costs & expenses this month to try and save a little more towards it? We really need to think long & hard about our options and see where we can go from here. Do we go for a short term loan from somewhere like Vivus to tie us over until our next payday? We won’t be risking an unauthorised overdraft as they can be even more expensive!
I might even buy a lottery ticket as I’ve got to be due some good luck soon!