As emphasized in the novice meetings and by everyone who rallys, it's a matter of when you crash. When for us was this weekend, and it was a good one. Once it happened I realized, too late of course, that I wasn't quite prepared. I knew what to do by the letter, but actually doing it and the situations around it are very different things.
So to the fellow codrivers out there, and anyone else too, here's the situation I found myself in:
We tagged a tree on a R4 Vlg > n.c. What this meant to me was that we were very likely to have a meeting with the guy behind us in 1 minute or less. My driver handed me the triangle in reach, my good sign he was OK and thinking clearly. I jumped out of the car and..
Well, it was night, and we were down about an 8 foot ditch, took me a bit of scrambling just to get up the ditch. Then I realized I'm in roughly complete darkness - I couldn't see a damn thing. I knew we were well into the tightens part of a very, very long right. I needed to get that triangle out there, but I also knew it had probably been 30 seconds or more already by the time I got up to the road. I hadn't had time to even look for my OK page yet, so here I am on the bad side of a n.c., my driver still in the car, and I can't see the road back.
Fortunately for us the volunteer coordinator was marshaling with another who had a light maybe .1 mile back from where we crashed. With his light and vest, we were able to run back and get the first triangle set right as the next car came (and we dove off into the woods down the ditch because they didn't slow a bit).
Then I had to run back to the car - to find out the rear end was destroyed - and try to get to the triangle box, again in the dark - and again without the marshal's help I'd have been in a mess.
I've run over the situation in my head a lot since it happened and really I can't quite see how to make this better. For the guys who have been through this, what would you do? Do most codrivers have a light? What do you do if you can't get to your triangles due to damage to the car?