Car Breakdown in Snow – Survival Tips


This article is almost fully AI generated. It is for information purposes only. Consult an expert who you trust in your area to confirm that this advice is safe and reasonable and to get more advice.

NB: Before you go out on a journey in the snow (every journey – including a very short journey) tell someone when you are leaving, where you are going, what route you are taking and when you expect to arrive.

NB: Make sure you have a functioning flashlight.

NB: Make sure your flashlight is fully charged.

NB: Make sure that for each person you have a blanket and extra warm clothing.

It would be a good idea to permanently keep the flashlight and clothing in a case in the trunk of the car,. This way you won’t forget to take it.

If your car breaks down in the snow, there are several things you should do to stay safe:

  1. Stay with your vehicle. It provides shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to find you.
  2. Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers of your presence.
  3. Keep a blanket, extra warm clothing, and a flashlight in your car in case of emergency.
  4. Run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Make sure that the exhaust pipe is not blocked, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  5. Keep the gas tank at least half full to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
  6. If possible, use a brightly colored cloth to signal for help.
  7. Try to keep yourself and any passengers in the car as warm as possible, and wait for help to arrive.
  8. If you have a cell phone, call for help or let someone know your location and that you are stranded.
  9. Keep your cell phone charged.

It is also important to note that, If you feel that the situation is dangerous, try to find a safe location like a gas station, a store or a house nearby, instead of staying on the road.

Keep warm and safe.

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