Winter doesn’t seem to want to turn us loose this year Brutal life threatening cold, snow and ice storms have battered much of the U.S. this winter.
Tony Nester said “In most cases you can expect to be there for no more than a few hours, founder of the Ancient Pathways survival school in Flagstaff, Ariz. and author of the e-book A Vehicle Survival Kit You Can Live With.
“Statistically, you’re more likely to encounter small scale episodes where there’s a blizzard, you spin off the road and you’re there for maybe a day or overnight,” Nester said.
In freezing temperatures even a few hours can lead to life threatening hypothermia if you’re not prepared.
State Farm encourages responsible driving every day of the year, and especially during cold weather months when inclement weather is more common.
Nester said “If you make a mistake out in the wild, out in the elements, in the summertime you might have a cool story to tell.” “If you make that mistake in winter you might not have a story at all or you might have one minus a few fingers or toes. There’s not whole lot of forgiveness in the winter.”
The key to dealing with these scenarios, he says, is to be prepared before you leave your house. “Just a few minutes in your driveway can prevent hours or potentially a night of misery on the road.” Check the pressure in your tires, he says, and observe the ‘quarter tank is empty’ rule-meaning you should treat a quarter tank of gas as if it were an empty tank.
Make sure you have everything you need to change a tire a full size spare, a can of Fix-a-Flat, a 12 volt air compressor as well as a cell phone charger and a wool hat and insulated gloves.
Once you’re on the road, says Nester, be aware of what he calls ‘shortcut syndrome. “It’s when you say, ‘I’m just going to take a shortcut. I’ll take some back roads or a secondary highway and it’ll be faster.’ Maybe that road’s even worse than the main road because it’s not being salted and plowed, and it’s more likely you’ll get stuck out there.”
Even if you take every precaution, sometimes the weather can roll in more suddenly than you anticipated-and that’s where the next level of preparedness comes into play.
“Your vehicle should be looked upon as a rolling survival kit, It’s a primary shelter system. You can sleep in there, you can melt slow on your engine block and hopefully you’ve got it loaded up with some rations you don’t have to cook” as well as water and other supplies.
If you get stuck, Nester advises running the engine for 20 minutes every hour for heat and cracking the window to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. “Periodically check the exhaust pipe to make sure it is not blocked by snow or ice,” he advised in a recent article.
Thing you may not have considered for you cars survival safety kit
Well stocked First Aid Kit
Water & Enamel/Stainless Steel Cup
Emergency Survival Candle
Spare Winter Clothes
Sleeping Bag or Wool Blanket
Headlamp is as good or better than a flashlight
Collapsible snow shovel
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