The best safety precaution during severe weather conditions is to avoid traveling. However, if you must drive, be prepared.
THINGS TO DO FOR WINTER TRAVEL
- Tune up your vehicle and keep the tank full of gas.
- Plan your trips in advance and drive well-traveled roads.
- Tell family and friends of your route, departure, and arrival times.
- Listen to the radio for weather updates.
- If driving conditions become serious, turn back or stop at the side of the road.
- Carry a WINTER SURVIVAL KIT (see below).
THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE STRANDED
- Park completely off the traveled portion of the road.
- Set out warning lights or flares.
- Turn on 4-way flashers.
- Stay in the vehicle and keep dry.
- Run the engine sparingly for heat.
- Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow.
- Avoid long exposure and over-exertion - shoveling in bitter cold can kill.
- Use a candle in a coffee tin for heat.
- Keep fresh air in the vehicle by partially opening a sheltered window.
- Exercise in the vehicle by vigorously moving your legs, arms and hands.
- Wear a hat as you can lose up to 60% of body heat through your head.
- Do not let all occupants sleep at the same time.
- Keep watch for searchers and other traffic.
WINTER SURVIVAL KIT
- Ice scraper and brush
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Booster cables
- Shovel and tow rope
- Flares or other signal aids
- Sand or kitty litter
- Candles and coffee tin
- Matches/lighter (in a waterproof bag)
- Blankets/warm clothing
- Granola bars, candy, sugar cubes
- First aid kit
- Hatchet or axe
- Cellular phone
- Methyl hydrate (fuel line de-icing)