Historic blizzard of 1978. Hundreds of drivers were trapped overnight by snow in their cars. News Photo: WBUR, Boston MA
Don't Get Stranded in Your Car During a Snowstorm!
No one wants to be stranded in their car in the snow. These situations can be handled.
If you are as old as me, you may remember or have heard about the blizzard of 1978. I can recall being a young girl watching news broadcasts where people were stuck on highways in my area. The snow came down so heavily that it made it impossible to see while driving. People were forced to stop their vehicles and use their cars as a shelter for days. By keeping the car running for heat, many drivers ran out of gas. Others died from carbon monoxide poisoning because their tailpipe was blocked with snow. There were also people that died from lack of food, water, and warmth.
Snow Travel Requires Early Safety Measures
Make sure you check your tailpipe often to keep it free from accumulating snow. If you know that it will be a while before help arrives, keep the windows cracked a little so that possible toxic fumes can escape if the car is running. Having clean drinkable water will prevent dehydration. Nourishing food will keep your body strong for removing snow around your car and to prevent starvation. Keeping warm will prevent frostbite and make your chances of survival that much greater. Having these basic essentials will not only help you think clearly and feel more comfortable but could also be the difference between life and death.
Mylar Blanket - Trap heat and stay warm
Make sure to use your gas sparingly when having the car turned on for heat. Extra clothes and a plush blanket will help keep you warm for a while, but it does not retain heat well when temperatures are freezing. After checking several survival supply sites, I found that the best and most popular way to stay warm during emergencies is by using a mylar blanket as a first layer and plush blankets or sleeping bags as an outer shell. Foil blankets are inexpensive and retain 90% of the body's own heat. By using both a mylar blanket for heat retention and a wool blanket or sleeping bag, you can be insulated and retain heat when temperatures become frigid.
Having a case of water is good to have in your car during emergencies. The problem during cold months is that when water bottles stay in your car for too long, they will freeze making it very difficult to quench your thirst. I did some research and learned about portable water purification. These items seem indispensable whatever the weather. If it is snowing, you can gather snow in a container, allow it to melt with your body heat, and drink from it directly with a portable purifier. Just make sure you have a container to gather the snow. There are several different types that vary in size, usability, and amount of small particle filtration.
Water Filter Bottle - Add stream water or snow. Purifies while drinking.
Ignoring hunger can create irritability and poor concentration which will make you ravenous, irrational and weak. Longer periods without food will tax your body's organs and eventually lead to starvation and death. Snacks are good in a pinch but are usually not too nourishing. Being a prepper enthusiast, I am always looking out for innovative ways to be self-sufficient and safe if the need arises. I noticed that MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) are a nutritious and filling alternative to snacks since they can be stored for many years. The brand I found to have the best reviews regarding taste, selection, and quality was the ReadyWise® brand.
MRE MEAL - Easy to Store. Easy to Prepare. Just add water to the pouch.
Hopefully, you will never become trapped in their car during a crisis but if you do, you'll have some survivalist knowledge for staying alive.
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Be Prepared and Stay Safe in the Snow