Inclement Weather - Stranded in Your Vehicle




If You Become Stranded

Now's the time to break out the survival kit, if you have one, and sit tight. That is, unless you know where you are and are certain help is close by. Set out reflective triangles, flares (even better), or hang a bright cloth from your antenna. If you have flares be sure and set them a safe distance from your vehicle (one in front and one behind). Depending on the amount of fuel, you can run the engine about 10 minutes every hour. Many motorists have died when their exhaust was blocked by snow and carbon monoxide entered their vehicle, so be sure the exhaust pipe is clear when running the engine. Obviously, use any clothing, blankets etc. to keep warm.


If you ever find yourself stranded in a vehicle, it's important to remain calm and take the right steps to stay safe. It can be a frightening experience, especially if you're in an unfamiliar area, but if you take the right precautions, you can get yourself out of the situation. First and foremost, make sure you are visible. Turn on your vehicle's hazard lights, and if you have any flares, set them up around your car. If you have a cell phone, call for help. If you don't have a cell phone, try to find a nearby house or business to ask for assistance.


Once you're visible, it's important to stay warm and dry. If you have extra clothes or blankets, put them on for extra protection from the elements. If it's cold outside, try to run the car engine for a few minutes every hour to keep the interior warm. Make sure you crack a window to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. If you have food or water with you, make sure you ration it. You don't know how long you'll be stranded, so it's important to make it last. If you find yourself in a remote area, you may need to forage for food and water. Be mindful of what you're eating and drinking, as some wild plants and streams can be hazardous.


Finally, if you find yourself in a dangerous situation, don't hesitate to call the police. They can provide assistance and help you get out of the situation safely. If you're lost and don't know where you are, they can also help you find your way back to safety. Being stranded in a vehicle can be a frightening experience, but if you stay calm and take the right steps, you can get yourself out of the situation safely. Make sure you're visible, stay warm and dry, ration your food and water, and call for help if you need it.


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