Stranded in the snow?

December 26th, 2011 by

Last week, an Arizona college student spent nine days stranded in her car when it became stuck in heavy snow. She survived, but many other drivers who face similar ordeals aren’t as lucky.

No one ever thinks they’ll get stranded, but sadly, it can happen. Here are a few tips every driver should know in case they do get stuck:

  • Stay in your car unless you know exactly where you are and how far you are from help.
  • Hang a brightly-colored cloth from your antenna.
  • If you know that your car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked, turn on the engine and run it for a few minutes every hour or so.
  • Slightly crack one window. You want to stay warm, of course, but heavy snow and ice can cause doors and windows to freeze shut.

In the meantime, listen to weather forecasts before you head out. If conditions are bad, stick to well-traveled city roads – or stay home altogether!

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