As we start to see some light snow here in Duncan, OK, we’re reminded that being prepared for unexpected troubles when traveling can literally mean the difference between life and death. Taking a few minutes to set aside some simple provisions to keep you fed, hydrated, warm, and entertained should you get stuck on the side of the road is a simple level of added insurance.
Here are some quick tips you may want to keep in mind should you get stuck in a blizzard:
- Pull your car to the side of the road, a safe distance from the path of travel in an effort to reduce the possibility of an accident with another vehicle.
- Stay inside your car unless there is an open building where in which you can seek shelter. It’s far too easy to get out and lost during a snow storm.
- Keep your seat belt on. While you may be out of the path of traffic, accidents do happen. Your seat belt could be the difference between a rude awakening and a trip to the hospital.
- Stay hydrated. Drink water from your emergency kit to reduce the possibility getting hypothermia. If you have to resort to drinking snow, be sure to melt it first to avoid reducing your body temperature further than necessary.
- Start your car every so often to warm it up. When doing this it is imperative that you check the tailpipe prior to doing so to ensure it’s not blocked by snow. If it is, clear it away to keep carbon dioxide from backing up in to the car and killing you. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless so it would be imperceptible.
- Use your emergency blankets and stretch or exercise a bit from time to time to stay warm, however do not over exert yourself.
- Leave your dome / overhead light on to alert others to your presence.
Stay tuned for an upcoming article about vehicle preparedness kits…
“Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.” ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge