Winter Survival In Your Car



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Winter Survival In Your Car

 1. Talk it over before you travel – Simple planning can save you trouble and even save your life. 

2. Prepare your vehicle – Be sure you have your vehicle in good winter driving condition. Never travel with less than one-half tank of gas. 

3. Know the weather – Listen to forecasts, road reports and storm warnings. Dress appropriately. Pack extra scarves and mittens. Allow extra time for essential trips in severe weather. 

4. Make it easy to be found – Tell someone where you are going and the route. Report safe arrival. If stalled, tie a colored banner (from you winter survival kit) on your antenna or hang it out a window at night, remove the lens cap from your dome light and turn it on. Road crews or rescue units can see a small glow at a considerable distance once the blowing snow stops. (Use emergency flashers only if you hear approaching vehicles.) Keep one person on watch. Don’t all rest at the same time. 

5. Stay in your vehicle – Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You can lose your way, wander out of reach, become exhausted, collapse and risk your life. Your vehicle itself is a good shelter. 

6. Avoid overexertion – Attempting to push your car, trying to jack it into a new position or shoveling snow takes great effort in storm condition. You could risk heart attack or other injury. Take it easy! 

7. Keep cool – Two Ways

a. Calm down and think. The storm will end and you will be found.

b. Don’t work enough to get hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation quality making you more susceptible to the effects of hypothermia. 

8. Keep fresh air in your vehicle – It is much better to be chilly or cold and awake than to become comfortably warm and slip into unconsciousness. Freezing-wet or wind-driven snow can plug your vehicle’s exhaust system causing deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your vehicle. DON’T RUN THE ENGINE – unless you are certain the exhaust pipe is free of snow or other objects. Keep the radiator free from snow to prevent the engine from overheating. 

9. Keep warm without fuel – Keep your blood circulating freely by loosening tight clothing, changing positions frequently and moving your arms and legs. Huddle close to one another. Rub your hands together or put them under your armpits or between your legs. Remove your shoes occasionally and rub your feet. 

10. Don’t expect to be comfortable – The challenge is to survive until you’re found. 

Courtesy of MN Dept of Public Safety

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