Winter is right around the corner. If you live in a cold climate, the arrival of winter likely also means the onset of snow storms and difficult travel conditions. When the roads are covered with snow and ice, it's a usually a good idea to stay inside and avoid travel. That's not always possible, though. If you must travel during times of extreme snow and ice, be sure to take caution. If your car gets stuck in snow, you may have to wait for a while before you get help. Here are four tips on how to stay safe while you wait for help:
Don't travel on less than a half tank of gas. Stopping frequently for gas may be inconvenient, but you'll be thankful you have it if you get stuck. That's especially true if you're stuck in a remote area where it's unsafe to walk for help. Keep your gas tank level at a half-tank or more at all times. That way, you'll be able to run the car a little while you're waiting for help to arrive.
Don't run the car continuously. Speaking of running the car, don't do it nonstop. Yes, it might feel good to have that constant flow of warm air, but that's also a good way to drain the gas tank. Instead, let your car run just enough to fill the inside with warm air. Once the car is warm, shut the car off. That warm air should last for a good amount of time. Then wait until your cold again and restart the car. By only running the car intermittently, you can save your gas and stay warm at the same time.
Avoid the flashers and use the dome light instead. The last thing you'll want is to sit in the snow in the dark, so it's important to save your battery. Your flashers are usually a bigger drain on your car than the dome light is, so opt for the inside light instead of the emergency ones. It will likely have the same effect. You can also carry a fluorescent orange and green flag with you at all times and tie it to your antenna or side mirror in an emergency. That will also let emergency crews know that you need help.
Carry tow truck numbers with you. Before you leave, take the time to jot down the info for a tow truck company, like Standish Towing & Recovery Ltd, on a piece of paper. Many people rely on their cell phone's internet service to find towing company numbers, but if it's a snow storm, you shouldn't count on internet service working reliably. Have three or four numbers written down so you can call for a truck as soon as you get into trouble.
The tow truck company will likely offer you more advice on how to stay safe until the truck arrives. If you follow their instructions, you'll likely get out of the situation in no time.