Stuck in the snow with your car: an emergency kit can help

 Did you know that winter brings an increased risk of getting stuck in your car?

Slippery or snow-covered roads, reduced visibility and bitter cold: these are all conditions that can make driving difficult and even dangerous during winter.

If you are stuck in the snow, try to stay calm and follow the tips below:

  • Don’t tire yourself out and don’t go out in the cold.
  • Stay in your car.
  • Let in fresh air by opening a window on the side sheltered from the wind.
  • Keep the engine off as much as possible. Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning and make sure the exhaust pipe is not obstructed by snow.
  • Turn on the ceiling light; leaving your headlights or hazard lights on for too long will drain the battery.
  • Move your hands, feet and arms to maintain circulation. Stay awake.
  • Keep an eye out for other cars and emergency responders.
  • Dress warmly and try to keep clothing dry since wet clothing can lead to a dangerous loss of body heat.

Always have winter safety and emergency equipment in your car. A basic emergency 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)
  • Blanket
  • 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
  • Roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan

It’s also recommended to keep certain items in your trunk. For more tips, consult the Preparing an Emergency Kit for Your Car Web page. You can also print or download the Emergency Car Kit checklist.

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These tips have been brought to you by Public Safety Canada, in cooperation with Transport Canada.





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