What To Do If Your Car Is Stranded In Snow
Winter is a phenomenal time of year in West County, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Ellisville, and Ballwin, Missouri, particularly if a new layer of snow covers everything. Winter can also be a rather hazardous season. If you're planning on traveling during the winter months, it's smart to be completely prepared for winter driving and to have winter car supplies in your motor vehicle. Unfortunately, being stranded on the side of the road in heavy winter conditions is not uncommon. Car Craft Chesterfield in Chesterfield, MO has provided these suggestions to help you in case you ever find yourself in that situation.
Stuck In Winter Weather?
1. If you've got access to a cell phone, call 911 to get help. Whenever you talk to authorities, expect to:
- Describe the place, condition of your fellow travelers and the problem you are experiencing.
- Listen for questions.
- Follow any instruction. You might be told you need to stay where you are to assist rescuers or to go back to the scene.
- Do not hang up until you know whom you have talked with and what will happen next.
2. Walking in a storm can be quite risky. You can easily lose your way, wander out of reach, become exhausted, collapse, and risk your life. Your automobile itself is an excellent shelter.
3. Turn on the dome light at night, but only if running the engine.
4. Attempting to push your car, attempting to jack it into another position or shoveling snow takes a lot of effort in storm conditions. You may risk heart attack or other injury.
5. The storm will end and you'll be located. Don't work enough to get hot and sweaty. Wet clothing forfeits insulation quality causing you to be more susceptible to the effects of hypothermia.
6. Keep your blood circulating freely by loosening tight clothing, changing positions often, and moving your legs and arms. Huddle close to each other. Rub your hands together or stick them under your armpits or between your legs. Remove your shoes occasionally and rub your feet.
7. Keep clean air in your motor vehicle. It's a lot better to be chilly or cold and awake than to be comfortably warm and slip into unconsciousness. Freezing-wet or wind-driven St. Louis area snow might plug your automobile's exhaust system causing deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car.
8. Don't run the engine unless you're certain the exhaust pipe is free of snow or other objects. Keep the radiator free from snow to prevent the engine from heating up too much. Run the engine at 10 minute intervals for heat.
9. Don't expect to be comfortable. The goal is to survive until you are located.
10. Make yourself noticeable to rescuers. Tie a bright cloth to your antenna or door handle.
When you get free from danger, your vehicle may have some cosmetic or internal damage. If that's the case, think about taking your car to Car Craft Chesterfield in Chesterfield, MO. They have auto body experts prepared to take care of any damage that your vehicle may have incurred.