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