How to set up an early warning device

In case of an emergency
by Jason Tulio | Sep 8, 2017

By law, every car is required to carry an early warning device (EWD) at all times. While every motorist knows (or at least should know) that these devices are used in emergency situations, we're never actually taught how to set them up properly. Search online and there's a myriad of suggestions on how to go about it. The Land Transportation Office's (LTO) memorandum, for example, suggests putting one triangle in front and one behind the vehicle.

What we've outlined here is one method you can employ in case an emergency rises, based on a set-up with two triangles. Let's get started:

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1) Find a safe spot to pull over.

Make sure you're not blocking the traffic behind you. When you do pull over, turn on your hazard lights. 

2) Set up the red triangle.

The LTO recommends putting it at least 4m away from your vehicle. In this photo, we placed it at 6m. If you're pulled over on the highway, you'll likely have to place it even further away since the other cars will be traveling at a faster speed. 

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3) Set up the yellow triangle. The purpose of this second triangle is to warn other motorists from a distance that there is a hazard up ahead. Set this one up around 6m away from the red triangle. Again, if you're on a highway, you'll need to place it even further than that. 

Remember, use your common sense and be mindful of your surroundings when setting up your EWD. Drive safely!

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