A couple of weeks ago, I was travelling south on the A9, unfortunatley my timing belt went on the Astra (Now Scrapped). I was stuck at the roadside, on a left hand bend with a road sign blocking my car from oncoming traffic. I decided the best thing to do was to push the car off the road.
Now, I don't class myself as a fitness guru, but I don't consider myself to be unfit.
While pushing the car, I felt the most weird pain shoot up from my ancle to my knee and I instantly dropped, I was in agony. The bruising you can see goes from just under my knee to my toes. The calf on my left leg had eventually swollen up to twice it's normal circumference, causing immence pain and discomfort.
It appears I tore my Achillies tendon and my calf muscle.
I am posting this on here as a warning, especially at this time of year, not when cars/vehicles are more than likely to break down, but the possability of getting stuck at this time of year, and the inevetable long winter with muddy tracks or snow covered tracks causing you to be stuck.
If this does happen, and you are needing to push your vehicle, I would suggest that to do it, you lean against the vehicle with your back, and push backwards, using your thighs, do not lean into the vehicle and push forwards.
As my injury now is a long term, I have been told it's about 2 months physio to mend the Achillies tendon and muscle tear, then the rehab to get my muscle as strong as my right leg, this could take upto 6 months for a complete recovery.
Not something I would ever like to do again.
Take care if you do get stuck, and if you do, please don't push forwards.........