Catch the attention of the driver of a pickup pulling a fifth wheel at 60 mph; "talk" him into pulling over; tell him about the live power cord that was dragging on the ground.
5 minutes max
This heavy, black cord connecting the trailer to the truck was the charging cord. It probably had some pretty decent power going through it at times, and I figured a short ('caused by dragging) could prove dangerous for them at some point. Plus, the cord's anywhere from $50 to $200 to replace. I'd sure want someone to flag ME down!
Though, through our closed windows and theirs, I tried to communicate that there was a problem with the trailer, the driver and passenger were baffled. I pulled ahead of them, then pulled off at the first safe place. They were slow to roll down their window as I walked back, but, boy, the look of surprise on the driver's face when I told him, and the smile and thanks that followed (plus just knowing I may have saved them a hassle and some bucks down the road) were well worth it.
Photo courtesy Jeremy Brooks under Creative Commons license.
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