Recently, a major winter storm hit Virginia and shut down I-95, forcing many drivers to spend a cold night in their cars on the highway. For many here in Connecticut, it brought back memories of a snowstorm here in 2001 that stranded thousands of drivers on I-84 for hours, some overnight as well.
How to Stay Safe in Your Car During a Snowstorm
Winter weather can pack a mean punch for those that need to travel. So, what can you do to be better prepared for these events?
Here are some snowstorm safety tips from traffic safety experts:
- First – check the weather forecast before you travel. If that forecast predicts hazardous conditions, your best option is to reconsider the timing of your trip. Also, remember – you need to check the forecast not just for where you're starting but for the route you will be traveling as well.
- Before starting your trip, make sure to fill your gas tank and washer fluid reservoir.
- Always travel with a portable phone charger, jumper cables, a first aid kit, a flashlight, extra batteries, and, if possible, road flares.
- When bad weather threatens, remember to carry nutritious snacks and water in your vehicle in case you get stranded.
- Dress appropriately and include a blanket when you pack.
- Make sure you have good snow and ice removal tools in your vehicle.
- If you get stranded, your first call should be to 911. If the storm is big, expect delays in emergency response times.
- If you get stranded in your vehicle in the cold, run the car for 10-15 minutes at a time to keep it warm and then turn it off for 30-45 minutes. This tactic will help you conserve fuel. Remember to make sure your tailpipe is clear of snow at all times to avoid asphyxiation.
Finally – if you must travel in a storm, make sure your tires are appropriate for the conditions, monitor your speed continuously, keep your headlights on at all times, and avoid all distractions.
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