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Automotive Emergencies: Part 3

    We all know how important it is to have a basic knowledge of first aid in an emergency, but how many of you know first aid for an automotive emergency? This is part three of a three part series that will help you be prepared should you suffer a automotive break down.
» Part 1: Misc. Emergencies
» Part 2: Blizzards
» Part 3: In General...
» Part 4: Care For Your Car
» Part 5: Emergency Equip.
  1. Blizzards. This is, potentially, the most dangerous situation to be stuck in. Every winter I pull a lot of cars that have slid off the road and got buried in the snow. Or travelers get caught in a snowstorm and find themselves unable to continue their journey. Anyone who has been in a blizzard here in the upper Mid-West knows how fast and how deep the snow can get. But with some preparation you can weather the storm, as it were.


    1. If the snowstorm is just starting, find shelter in a nearby house, store, gas station or barn.

    2. If there is no shelter nearby, do not get out and look for a place of shelter. In a snowstorm there is very little visibility and you can get lost.

    3. Start and let the engine run for about ten out of every thirty minutes with the heater on. While the engine is running, open the windows slightly to allow fresh air to enter the vehicle. For every hour an engine idles, it will use about a gallon of gasoline. But running the engine in this manner, five gallons of fuel should last a full day. Don't race the engine, it won't get the engine hotter, it will just waste precious fuel.

    4. Depending on how fast the snow is falling, open the door every once in a while to keep it from getting blocked by snow. Also look at the tail pipe to make sure it is free and clear of snow.

    5. While the engine is running, and only while it is running, sound the horn and flash the lights to attract rescue or road crews.

    6. Stretch out frequently while in the car. If you find yourself getting drowsy, open the window and take long deep breaths of fresh air.

    7. Cold is insidious. It creeps up on you and causes you to lose consciousness. As someone who has succumbed to hypothermia I can tell you it is not fun. If you run out of fuel, use whatever is at hand to keep warm. Use the trunk liner, seat covers or floor mats as blankets. If the situation becomes dire, rip the headliner or rear seat covers off and wrap yourself up tightly.

    8. If you have no choice to but to drive when hazardous conditions are predicted or imminent put a shovel, some hand warmers and extra fuel for them, gloves, extra clothing, blankets, water and food in your vehicle just in case the worst should happen.

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Part 5
Additional Information provided courtesy of and Warranty Direct
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