In particular weather conditions or emergency events, driving can become difficult and dangerous. Take extra caution when driving in emergency conditions.
If you are stuck in your car…
- Stay calm and do not go out in the cold. Stay in your car, which will prevent you from getting lost and will serve as a safe shelter.
- Let in fresh air by opening a window on the side sheltered from the wind.
- Keep the engine off as much as possible as an obstructed exhaust pipe can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Turn on warning lights or set up road flares to make your car visible.
- Turn on the ceiling light, since leaving your headlights or hazard light on for too long will drain the battery.
- Move your hands, feet and arms to maintain circulation and to help you stay awake.
- Keep an eye out for other cars and emergency responders. Try to keep clothing dry since wet clothing can lead to a dangerous loss of body heat.
Emergency car kit
A basic car kit should contain the following:
- Food that won’t spoil, such as energy bars
- Water – plastic bottles that won’t break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)
- Extra clothing and shoes or boots
- First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
- Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
- Candle in a deep can and matches
- Wind-up flashlight
- Whistle – in case you need to attract attention
- Copy of your emergency plan
Items to keep in your trunk:
- Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
- Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
- Tow rope
- Jumper cables
- Fire extinguisher
- Warning light or road flares
General Safety Tips
- Keep your gas tank full – in case evacuation is needed
- Do not drive through a flooded area – six inches of water can cause vehicles to lose control and possibly stall. A foot of water will float many cars.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded – roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
- If a power line falls on your car you are at risk of electrical shock, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.
- If there is an explosion or other factors that makes it difficult to control the vehicle, pull over, stop the car and set the parking break.
Remember, you can’t prevent an emergency, but being prepared is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones!