You should always have a winter survival driving kit in your vehicle. When stranded in a winter storm, your best shelter is your automobile. The following is a checklist of emergency supplies that would help you if you get stranded in your vehicle:
Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. The results can range from isolation due to blocked roads and downed power lines, to cars and trucks sliding on icy roads. To help prepare and cope with winter storms we recommend the following:
For many of cold weather season is a time to get outdoors. But cold weather presents some serious risks.
Among them are:
Guide for treating Frostbite:
Before you start driving in your automobile, always remember to fasten your safety belts, and clean snow and ice off of your windshield, wiper blades, and exterior car lights. Winter driving is different from driving on dry pavement (for all types of vehicles including four-wheel drive vehicles, SUV's, and all-wheel drive vehicles. Roads become narrower due to snow pushed on the sides of the road, icy spots are 10 times more slippery than dry pavement, and visibility can be poor due to blowing snow. As a driver you must reduce your speed and increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you to improve response time.
Some additional recommendations include the following:
The leading cause of death during winter storms is automobile or other transportation accidents. Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road, are keys to safe winter driving.
Winter tire & driving tips:
Before you start out on any winter trip, it is always smart to check the travel conditions for the location you are traveling. If there are closed roads because of severe winter weather, obey the law and do not attempt to travel on closed highways. If you are stranded in a blizzard, stay in your vehicle. Disorientation and hypothermia occurs quickly in blowing and drifting snow.
You are more likely to be found in your vehicle, and it will provide the best possible shelter. If you do get stranded, there are some common sense recommendations:
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