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Surviving a Blizzard Trapped in your Car

Surviving a Blizzard Trapped in Car
 
One of the most frightening situations you can get yourself into is getting stranded in the middle of a snowstorm.  While your natural inclination may to be panic, it’s important to stay calm, cool and collected to get yourself out of trouble.
 
Here are some tips for surviving a blizzard when you’re trapped in your car:
 
Call for help
 
Before you do anything else, you should call roadside assistance or 911 for help before your cellphone dies. If you have a GPS, make sure to notify them of your exact location, so they won’t have any trouble finding you.
 
If your cellphone is already dead or you can’t get a proper signal, don’t panic. There are still ways to stay warm as you wait for the storm to subside.
 
Don’t leave your car
 
Whatever you do, it’s vitally important that you stay in your vehicle. While it may seem smart to leave your car to look for help, you could find yourself lost in the middle of a snowstorm if you don’t find assistance immediately.
 
Turn on your engine periodically
 
If your engine is still running, you would be wise to turn it on every 15-20 minutes to build up heat in your vehicle. While it may take some time, your car will likely become quite cool, so it’s important that you stay as warm as possible before help comes.
 
Important note: If you choose to go down this road, remind yourself to constantly check your exhaust pipe and clear any snow that’s stuck in it. Failure to do so could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
 
Move around
 
The more you move your body, the warmer you’ll be. Move your arms and legs periodically to get the blood pumping. Staying in one spot for too long is not advised.
 
Make yourself visible
 
If you’re waiting for help to come, it’s important to make yourself readily visible to potential rescuers.  Consider purchasing road flares or emergency triangles this winter so you’ll be ready for even the most unfortunate of circumstances.
 
Emergency Winter Driving Kit
 
How to prepare
 
While no one wants to think about the possibility of getting stranded, it’s important to have the proper items with you at all times in case of emergency. Ideally, you should have blankets, non-perishable food items, a flashlight, water bottles, sand/kitty litter, a shovel and a first-aid kit in your trunk.
 
You may also want to consider carrying old newspaper so you can tape your windows and doors to increase insulation.
 
Avoid driving in the snow
 
The best way to avoid getting trapped in a blizzard is to avoid driving in the first place. Unless you need to get somewhere immediately, it’s better to sit back and wait for the storm to subside before leaving for your destination.
 
If you decide to drive, avoid backroads as well as roads that haven’t been cleared yet.