Carefree Car Ownership
What to do if you're stranded in a snowstorm
Winter can be one of the most hazardous times of the year for driving, especially during a snowstorm. While the easiest solution is always to call for assistance, that may not be an option if there's no service or you don't know where you are. Here are some car safety tips on what to do if you become stranded on the road.
Rather than exert yourself attempting to dislodge your vehicle, conserve your energy and stay inside the car, DisasterCenter.com reports. Wandering through a blinding snowstorm can get you lost, so it's better to stay put and wait for it to pass, unless you know help is within the immediate vicinity.
Keep an eye on your engine
While you're stranded, it's a good idea to run your engine occasionally to heat your car. However, continuous use can cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can eventually cause serious harm.
Heavy clothes and your car heater will help to keep you warm, but they will also cause extra perspiration, which is not as noticeable in cold weather, according to the source. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.