It feels really nice when there is a snowstorm outside, and you are sitting in your favorite armchair with a cup of hot tea and some really good book. It is a perfect scenario but it’s not what always happens. You might as well find yourself trapped in your car during a really bad blizzard. Not the nicest situation, especially when you are not sure what to do. And to save you from this, we have some tips to help you avoid extra stress.
So, what should you do when you’re stuck in a blizzard?
First of all, don’t panic. As in many other situations, it is important to keep calm to think and act rationally.
Before anything happens, you have to be prepared for that. In case of blizzard, make sure to keep your gas tank about at least three quarters full. It adds weight to your car which keeps it centered better, and that’s important in case of icy roads.
It is also good if you keep these things in your car: flashlight, blankets, food like granola bars, warm layers, jumper cables and a small shovel. It is important to have enough water as well. If you don’t have enough with you, you can get it by melting snow in a container on your dashboard so keep a water container in your car. It is perfect if you have a bag of sand or kitty litter in your car. It will add weight and can be helpful if you are stuck.
Make sure your vehicle is well-maintained. Change oil regularly and check if you have good tires.
If you find yourself stuck in a blizzard, check of the exhaust pipe is clear. If it is not, there can be a backup of exhaust gases. Put up roadside flares so you are visible and call 911.
It is safer to stay in your car because you can get lost if you leave it. But if there is a building nearby, you can look for shelter there.
If you have a shovel, you can shovel out a trench in front of your wheels. Use sand or kitty litter as traction to get your vehicle back on the road. After that, if you are mobile, you need to find a safe spot, like a parking lot.
Keep yourself warm! You can do workouts, stretch your legs on the backseat and run your car for ten minutes every hour. It will keep the exhaust clear and you can melt some water in a container on your dashboard. Also charge your phone while your car is running.
Of course, it is always better to not drive in storm, but if it I inevitable, be prepared and know what to do.
Stay warm this winter and drive safe!