We all love the fluffy white stuff. Who doesn’t enjoy a good winter storm, right? Well, perhaps if we are nestled at home in front of a crackling fire with a cup of hot chocolate! Unfortunately, this is not a luxury many of us are afforded. The reality is, people are busy and that means many of us are on the roads driving to and from our said destinations. Have you ever taken the time to consider how you would react or what precautions you would take if you ever found yourself stranded on the road in the winter? Well, to help you out, here are some tips to keep you safe in such a situation.
Always be prepared! We’ve all received practical presents at Christmas time or for our Birthdays. Have Mom and Dad ever given you a set of jumper cables or an emergency kit to your dismay? Don’t knock these gifts as they can prove quite valuable in an emergency situation. In fact, everyone should have their own emergency kit for their car. This kit should include:
- Jumper cables
- A flash light
- A blanket
- Windshield washer fluid/Anti-freeze
- An ice scraper
- A spare tire with air in it (as well as equipment for changing tires)
- A first aid kit
- Shop towels/paper towels
- Cell phone
To help prevent a situation where you find yourself stranded, never drive your vehicle on an empty tank of gas in the winter. Always make sure that your gas tank is topped off in order to prevent your gas lines from freezing.
If you do find yourself stranded for whatever the reason, DON’T PANIC! Try to remain calm and assess your situation. Do you know where you are? If not, try and locate some landmark to inform others of your location. Make sure you remain with your vehicle if you are unsure. If you are unable to find help, light your flares placing one at the front and back of your vehicle. Use your extra blankets to stay warm and make sure you don’t keep your car running with the heat on. Remember, you want to conserve your gas, so make sure to run the engine in intervals.
By: Amy Cochren