What to Do if You Get Stuck in the Snow in Your Car

Plus, more snow in the forecast for Burke this week?

Be prepared should you become snowbound in your car. (Jamie Rogers, Patch.)
Be prepared should you become snowbound in your car. (Jamie Rogers, Patch.)
By Jamie Rogers

It's one of the worst things that can happen when you're on the road and away from home: The car is stuck in the snow and you are stuck in the car. 

Local police said people often become stranded in their cars especially when they are caught off guard by winter weather events. 
With more snow in the forecast for this week, now's the time to prepare for the worst case scenario.  

Here's what you should do: 

1. Call for help. 
2. If the car can't be removed from the snow, stay inside it. Don't try to walk to find help, there's a much better chance of being found if you are with you car and not out in the elements. 
3. Tie a red cloth to the outside of the car to signal for help. 
4. Start the engine for 10 minutes each hour for warmth
5. Crack a window for ventilation and to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. 
6 Make sure the real exhaust pipes are clear of snow. 

Be prepared for the worst case scenario by stocking the car with emergency supplies like these: 
  • Shovel 
  •  Windshield scraper and small broom 
  •  Flashlight with extra batteries 
  •  Battery powered radio 
  •  Bottled water for each person and pets 
  •  Snack foods, containing protein, e.g. raisins, dried fruit, nuts, energy bars, canned fruit and a portable can opener 
  •  Extra winter boots, coats, hats, socks and mittens/gloves 
  •  First-aid kit 
  •  Multi-tool, folding pocket knife 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Fully charged cell phone & charger 
  •  Necessary medications 
  •  Blankets (a space blanket if possible, and/or sleeping bags) 
  • Tow chain or rope 
  • Nylon cord 
  • Flagging tape or fluorescent distress flag 
  • Road salt and sand or cat litter 
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares or reflective triangle


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