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What To Do If You Become Stranded

January 15, 2018
If you are involved in an accident or slide-off, encounter vehicle trouble or become stuck in the snow, it’s important to stay calm and take a few precautions to help you stay safe and help rescuers find you.
 
Here are some tips provided by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:
 
  • Remain calm. Chances for rescue are better if you remain calm and in your vehicle.
  • Do not leave your car; it is the best protection you have.
  • Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. An idling car only uses about one gallon of gas per hour.
  • If you don’t have a cellphone to call for help, tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Light a flare or turn on a flashlight to let others know you’re stranded in the vehicle.
  • Keep the overhead light on when the engine is running so you can be seen (remember to keep the windows cracked).
  • Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Use floor mats, seat covers and blankets for added warmth. If you must leave your vehicle during a severe snow storm or blizzard, secure a line of rope or cord to yourself and the vehicle to avoid becoming lost or disoriented.
  • Keep bottled water in your vehicle emergency kit. Never eat snow. It will chill you and lower your body temperature.
Filed under: auto, car, ice, safety, storms, winter
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