What would you do if you were stranded in your vehicle and you had to survive there for 48 hours? If you don’t have the right gear in your car and you don’t know what to do, you could be in for a very bad time. Whether you have broken down, gone off the side of the road and are injured so you can’t leave the car, or you are stuck in a snowstorm, you need to have basic supplies in your vehicle to give yourself a better chance of survival.
First, you will want to have a blanket in the vehicle, which can keep you warm and comfortable. You also want to have some food and water available in the vehicle that will be easily accessible. Having an emergency radio, flashlight, and some other simple tools can be a big benefit as well. You might also want to consider having some flares, or flare gun you can use to signal rescue if needed.
If it is the middle of winter and you are stuck in a snow drift, do not make the mistake of running the vehicle too much. If the tailpipe has been blocked, it will mean the carbon monoxide fumes are going to go right back into the vehicle, and will die. Always check the tailpipe to make sure nothing is blocked it before running the vehicle.
When you are stuck in the snow, there is a temptation to get out and try to shovel your way out. In some cases, this might work. However, you do need to be careful about overexerting yourself. If you get too sweaty, you are going to get very cold, which could make you a much higher risk of developing hypothermia.
Use your common sense if you are ever stuck in your vehicle. If it’s hot, make sure you have the windows down. If it’s cold, keep them up, but remember not to run the vehicle if the tailpipe might be obstructed. Stay with the vehicle until rescue arrives, unless you have no other choice but to leave.
If you enjoyed this, you might also like….