Winter Driving: How to Survive a Car Breakdown

When a winter storm hits and you're on the road, there might be no time to think about survival. Remember these tips so you can act wisely in case of emergency.

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Car breakdown?

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If you’re stranded in a car and can't drive further, don’t get out. Call for help if you can. Run the engine occasionally for warmth, but keep a window open. Be sure the exhaust pipe isn’t blocked by snow.

Run out of gas?

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If the car runs out of gas, keep all the windows shut. Stay on the lookout for help. 

Stuck for a while?

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Exercise or move your arms and legs for warmth and keep yourself awake. Don’t go to sleep under any circumstances. 

Caught outside?

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If you’re caught outside while on foot, head to the nearest shelter. Tie a scarf over your nose and mouth to protect your ears and face and to prevent suffocation from the wind and snow.

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Can't see ahead of you?

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If the snow is so bad it impairs sight, try to follow a fence or ruts in the road.

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