Winter Preparedness and Survival While in Your Car

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Everyone should be cautious about traveling in extreme winter weather.

  • Plan before you travel – Simple Planning can save trouble and even save your life – Follow the 6 P’s
  • Prepare your vehicle – Be sure your vehicle is in good winter driving condition especially your battery, windshield wipers/fluid and tires. Equip your vehicle with a 72 hour emergency car kit.
  • Be aware of the weather – Listen to forecasts, road reports and storm warnings. Review the UDOT traffic cameras. Dress appropriately. Allow extra time for trips during severe weather
  • Make yourself easy to find – Tell someone where you are going and your expected time of arrival.
  • Stay in your vehicle – Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You might lose your way, bet frost bite or even become Your vehicle is a good shelter doing a severe storm.
  • Avoid Overexertion – Shoveling snow or trying to push a car out will cause overexertion and may lead to injury or a heart attack. Plus it will make you sweat making you more acceptable to hypothermia
  • Keep fresh air in your vehicle – Make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of snow. A clogged tailpipe can cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car. Keep snow off the radiator to prevent your car from overheating
  • Keep a Winter Car Kit available – Make sure you store your winter car kit in your vehicle and not your truck. Items to have in a Winter Car Kit. Shovel, Flashlight, Blankets, extra clothes, boots, water, food, kitty litter, snow chains, hand warmers, first aid kit, etc.
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