Trapped in Your Car During Heavy Snow
Bad weather during the winter months (especially snow) can severely compromise your safety while driving your car. In extreme circumstances, you might even find yourself trapped in your car during heavy snow in the winter. This is not particularly uncommon if you are going to be driving in areas with heavy snow, such as in the mountains. This article offers advice on what to do if you find yourself in this situation.
Emergency Winter Survival KitsIt is a good idea to keep an emergency winter survival kit in your car in case you become trapped in your car in the winter. This can include items such as:
- First aid essentials such as plasters, antiseptic cream, bandages and aspirin
- Foods that will keep for a significant length of time and can easily be opened. Avoid canned foods though, as they can freeze. In terms of drink, avoid bottled water for the same reason.
- Flashlight and spare batteries
- Warm blankets
- Sleeping bag(s)
- Gloves, hats and other clothes that will keep your warm
- Hand shovel (to dig some clear space for your exhaust pipe, especially if you intend to start and run the engine
During the winter, keep some anti-freeze in your car for snow-related emergencies.
Car ChecklistBefore you leave the house, there are certain things to check, especially if you know or suspect that it will snow while you are out:
- Check your tyre pressures before you leave. If your tyres are the wrong pressure or temperature, it can make you more prone to slipping or skidding on roads containing ice or snow. This will obviously compromise both your safety and that of your passengers.
- Make sure that all of the windows (including front and back windows) are properly de-iced.
- Take a mobile phone with you in case you need to call for help, but be aware that you may struggle to get a signal in remote areas.