winter drivingWinter driving and staying safe is important. Winter is here, and in many parts of the country, there is a great chance that a snow storm will hit. This is not only annoying, but also life-threatening for people. Thus, before winter starts to pour down heavy snow with high magnitude wind, you must be ready to face it head on and survive. You want to make sure that you have all the resources for safety and survival ahead of a worst case scenario.

What to do when stranded

People can get stranded in the winters, and regardless of what you may think, it can happen to you as well. There are times that big snow storms emerge unpredictably and you can either get stuck on a ditch, get caught in heavy snow, or get stranded due to zero visibility and dead battery.

One of common mistakes people make when they cannot start their car, especially if they are with family members, is to leave the passengers seated and head out into the snow storm. This only puts your life at risk even more. Staying put in the car increases your odds of being noticed by emergency workers or other cars.

This is why everyone in the car should stay put and try to contact rescue services. When it comes to putting on the heater, you want to make sure that you do not freeze to death in the car, but also not run out of fuel at the same time.

Experts say that the best formula for the heater is that you should run it only ten minutes an hour. This does not have to be the same ten minutes, and you can intermittently blast the heat in the span of that hour for a total running time of ten minutes.

Winter Driving and the Essentials

Whether you are expecting a snow storm or not, always travel with a water bottle, and snacks. Other important essentials include first aid kit, medicine, blankets, hand warmers, flash lights, and more. Hand warmers and blankets can be critical in keeping you warm for the time that you do not have the heater on.

Keep Tailpipe Clear from the Snow

You want to make sure that your tail pipe does not undergo blockage from the snow. If you get stuck, and there is snow against your tailpipe while it is on, then harmful gasses such as carbon monoxide can seep into the air vents and cause fatal instances. This is why, it is incredibly important for you to run back to the rear side of the car and clear the snow.

Winter driving and Rock Salt Alternatives

Ideally, you want to make sure that you are equipped with rock salt. However, if you do not have that, you can use a homemade alternative to clear ice from your pathway. It involves mixing rubbing alcohol and dish soap with hot water, which provides you with an effective solution for melting the ice.

When in possession of the right resources, and with the knowledge of the right tips and tricks, you can survive a stranded occurrence. So make sure you are prepared for winter.