If You're Trapped in a Car

If you do find yourself trapped in your vehicle:

  • Stay in the car.
  • Do not leave the car to search for assistance unless help is visible within one-hundred yards. You may become disoriented and lost is blowing and drifting snow.
  • Display a trouble sign. Hang a brightly colored cloth on the radio antenna and raise the hood.
  • Occasionally run engine to keep warm.
  • Turn on the car's engine for about ten minutes each hour.
  • Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and open a downwind window slightly for ventilation.
  • Do minor exercises to keep up circulation.
  • If more than one person is in the car, take turns sleeping and, for warmth, huddle together.