Roadside Safety | Special Tips For Winter Emergencies

What if you get stranded during a snowstorm? Tips for safety until you are located.

In many parts of the United States and Canada this time of year, becoming stranded during severe winter weather is a distinct possibility.

What should you do if you get stranded? The following tips can help keep you safe until roadside assistance arrives.

  1. Call for help immediately.

    It’s better to call your motor club and cancel the call because someone comes along than to wait and see, at the risk of being stranded longer as the weather continues to worsen.

  2. Stay with your car.

    Experts advise that you stay with your vehicle, with the following exceptions. If you know exactly how far it is to get help and you’re sure you can make it, and that help is actually available at that location, it’s still risky, but under those conditions, you may be reasonably able to improve your condition. If any of those variables are not certain, staying with your car is best.

    And of course, if you are part of a motor club and have a cell phone with you to call, even in the most optimal situation, during winter weather, staying with your car is safest.

  3. Make your car more noticeable.

    In order to draw notice from other drivers and state troopers on patrol, hang a brightly colored piece of cloth from your attenna. Also light flares both in back and in front of your car a safe distance away from your vehicle.

  4. Stay Warm.

    If your exhaust pipe is clear, run the heat ten minutes every hour, and use extra blankets and winter gear to keep warm.

  5. Keep Your Car Windows Accessible

    Open one window slightly to keep the windows from getting sealed shut by show or ice.