Have you ever asked yourself “what do I do if I’m stuck in my car during a blizzard?” Do you know the answer to that question? As long-time business owners and members of the Denver area community, here at Parker Towing Inc., we want to make sure that our neighbors know what to do in this situation. This knowledge is potentially life-saving.
The first step to surviving a blizzard in a car is to be prepared beforehand. It doesn’t take up much space in the back of your vehicle to have a few items always on hand anytime you will engage in winter driving. Grab a duffel and fill it with the following items:
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Extra warm clothes such as coats, hats, gloves, boots, fuzzy socks
- Even just a few granola bars can at least hold you over until the storm stops or help comes. Just be sure you don’t snack on them without refilling or let items expire
- A couple of bottles of water or a metal container in which you can melt snow
- Candles and matches to provide a little heat and some light, plus a way to melt snow
- Flashlight & signal light
- A small or foldable shovel to dig out your tailpipe or vehicle
It doesn’t take much to have these things on hand at all times, and if you ever get stuck in your car in a blizzard, you won’t be able to thank yourself enough. They can even mean the difference between life and death depending on how long you are stuck there (and how cold it gets).
Now that you’re prepared, you should also know what to do. If you get stuck in the snow and you don’t see any buildings nearby it’s best to stay in your car. Wandering around in the middle of a snowstorm is the last thing you should do. Next steps:
- Check your tailpipe to ensure that exhaust can freely escape and carbon monoxide is not building up inside your car – use your shovel to clear snow
- Don’t leave your car running continuously for heat, even with constantly checking the tailpipe you still risk carbon monoxide buildup and the last thing you want is to run out of gas
- Bundle up in your extra clothes and do a few exercises inside the vehicle every so often to help keep yourself warm
- Make sure to stay hydrated as that will help you keep warm – if you don’t have bottled water in the car, use your candles to melt some snow
- Turn on your hazard lights or put out some roadside flares so other drivers can see you
Now that you know what to do if you’re stuck in your car during a blizzard, the only thing left is what happens afterward. Once the snow clears a bit, and there is better visibility, you may be able to proceed on your own. However, as is often the case with blizzards, your car may be too buried to get it out on your own. In that case, just call the friendly professionals here at Parker Towing to get you back on the road again safely. Be safe out there everyone!