Winter Storm tips if you are stranded in your vehicle

stranded car in snowWith today’s storm approaching we thought we would share a few safety tips with you.  If you are ever caught in the middle of snow storm on the road, you know it can be a bit scary. If you find yourself stuck in your vehicle due to road conditions remember these safety tips.

  • Pull off the highway. Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio antenna or window.
  • Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter. Be careful; distances are distorted by blowing snow. A building may seem close, but be too far to walk to in deep snow.
  • Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers, and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat for a blanket.
  • Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.
  • Eat regularly and drink ample fluids to avoid dehydration, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Be careful not to waste battery power. Balance electrical energy needs – the use of lights, heat, and radio – with supply.
  • Turn on the inside light at night so work crews or rescuers can see you.
  • If stranded in a remote area, stomp large block letters in an open area spelling out HELP or SOS and line with rocks or tree limbs to attract the attention of rescue personnel who may be surveying the area by airplane.
  • Leave the car and proceed on foot – if necessary – once the blizzard passes.

We hope these winter weather tips will help you in the event you become stranded in the middle of a snowstorm.

Also remember to make sure you clear your vehicle off of all snow before heading out to travel to avoid any fines.

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

Protecting YOU is our Job

source info: http://www.ready.gov/

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