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.

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. 

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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.

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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