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What To Do When Stranded In Snow On The Roads

Winter Safety Techniques For Travelers

Stranded in snow on the highway or back roads can be fatal in winter. It won't take long under very cold conditions for hypothermia to set in. Here are some suggestions from the Red Cross and a few of my own of how to survive when stranded in the snow on the roads and highways throughout the United States. Here are some things to take into account:

  • Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.
  • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.
  • As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.
  • Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.
  • If you have multiple passengers snuggle for body heat
  • If your vehicle is off the road and not visible then take turns going up to the road with a flare or flashlight to flag for help. Return to car often to keep warm.

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