Yep, it has happened to me, being stranded is not fun. Here are some tips to review and share with your young drivers, on what do to if you find yourself in a snow drift. ~ B. Gyomory
It’s a common fear in the winter, especially in and after storms: getting stuck in the snow. To help you get ready in case worst comes to worst, we laid out a few tips.
· Stay calm and decide if it’s better to call for help, walk for help, or just wait it out. Make sure to make the safest decision for your situation.
· Try digging yourself out, to get some traction under your tires. You can do this by breaking up snow and ice around your car, with snow chains and traction gadgets, with salt or cat litter, or, as a last resort, with your floor mats.
· Clear off your exhaust pipe. If you don’t, your car won’t breathe properly, and you will filter poisonous gases, like Carbon Monoxide, into your vehicle.
· Make yourself noticeable, through the use of hazard lights and any other signals you have. This way rescue workers will be able to find you, and will make it less likely that someone crashes into you while you wait.
· Bundle up. If you have multiple layers, put them all on, and if you have a blanket, wrap yourself up.
· Keep at least half a tank of gas at all times in the winter, because you’ll want to be turning on your car intermittently while you wait. Keeping it in idle can burn up your gas too fast, especially if you don’t know how long you’ll be waiting. Make sure you stay awake to keep an eye on your engine, as well.
· Try to stay hydrated, because your body will be expending energy trying to keep you warm.
You never really know when the next storm will interrupt your plans, so make sure you’re always ready in the winter season. Be prepared and stay safe at all times, and remember that it is far better to arrive late than never!