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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
  • Compass
  • Hatchet or axe
  • Cellular phone
  • Methyl hydrate (fuel line de-icing)