What To Do If Your Car Is Stranded In Snow

Winter is a phenomenal season in Oakville, Mehlville, Arnold, and Lemay, Missouri, especially if a new layer of snow covers everything. Winter could also be a rather hazardous season. If you plan on traveling during the cold winter, it is good to be completely prepared for winter driving and to have winter car supplies in your car. Unfortunately, being trapped on the side of the highway in harsh winter conditions is not uncommon. Car Craft Oakville in Oakville, Missouri has provided these tips to help you in case you ever find yourself in that situation.

Stuck In Winter Weather?

1.  If you've got access to a mobile phone, call 911 to get assistance. Whenever you speak with authorities, be prepared to:

  • Describe the location, condition of your travel companions and the problem you are encountering.
  • Listen for questions.
  • Follow any instruction. You may be told you need to stay where you are to guide rescuers or to go back to the scene.
  • Do not hang up until you know who you have talked with and what is going to happen next.

auto body collision repair headlight restoration paintless dent repair pdr oakville2.  Walking in a storm could be very risky. You can lose your way, walk out of reach, become fatigued, collapse, and risk your life. Your vehicle itself is an effective shelter.

3.   Turn on the dome light during the nighttime, but only if running the engine.

4.   Trying to push your automobile, trying to jack it into another position or shoveling snow takes a lot of effort in storm conditions. You could potentially risk heart attack or other injury.

5.   The storm will end and you'll be discovered. Don't work enough to get hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation quality making you more prone to the effects of hypothermia.

6.   Keep your blood circulating freely by loosening tight clothes, changing positions regularly, and moving your legs and arms. Huddle close to one another. Rub your hands together or put them beneath your armpits or between your legs. Take off your shoes or boots occasionally and massage your feet.

7.   Keep fresh air in your automobile. It is far better to be chilly or cold and awake than to be comfortably warm and slide into unconsciousness. Freezing-wet or wind driven St. Louis area snow could plug your automobile's exhaust system causing dangerous carbon monoxide gas to get in the car.

8.   Don't run the engine unless you are sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow or other objects. Keep the radiator free of snow to stop the engine from getting hot. Run the engine at 10 minute intervals for heat.

9.   Do not expect to be comfortable. The goal is to survive until you are located.

10.   Make yourself visible to rescuers. Tie a bright cloth to your antenna or door handle.

Whenever you get out of danger, your motor vehicle may have some cosmetic or internal damage. If that's the case, think about taking your automobile to Car Craft Oakville in Oakville, Missouri. They have auto body experts ready to handle any damage that your vehicle could have incurred.