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Stay safe in your vehicle during a snowstorm

blog-default Earlier this month, a couple and four children went missing in Nevada mountains after going out for a trip to play in the snow. The group was found almost 48 hours later, safe, having stayed together throughout the night. Home security isn't limited to the house this winter, especially if you're planning on taking the family out. Prepare a kit As soon as winter arrives, you should assemble a blizzard kit for your vehicle. Bring items that can help prevent your car from being stranded. This includes non-clumping cat litter, which can create traction if your tires are having trouble getting a grip on the snow. You'll also want to pack a heavy duty shovel and a windshield cleaning tool. Only attempt to shovel yourself out if the task is doable. The strain and cold weather can quickly lead to exhaustion. Additionally, you should have emergency tools available, including flares to alert oncoming motorists, a car charger for your phone in case you need to call for help and a whistle in case there's no signal. Be sure to have the proper tools ready if someone pulls over to help. Having a siphon and jumper cables available will enable you to return to the road as quickly as possible. In the event where you find yourself without any help, you want to be fully prepared to spend the night in the car. Have plenty of blankets to help stay warm and bring non-perishable snacks such as energy bars to stave off hunger and provide fuel. You can purchase some hand and foot warmers to keep your extremities toasty. Consider putting a bright piece of fabric in your vehicle. You can tie it to the antenna of your car to improve your vehicle's visibility for passing motorists. Most importantly, remain in your vehicle. Snowstorms often result in white outs, in which you can easily get lost. Moving even a few feet from your car can be disorienting. Remaining inside will ensure that you're safe and warm. If there are multiple occupants in the car, have one person stay awake and keep an eye out for passing motorists who may be able to help. If you're in a situation where you believe you may require assistance, reach out as soon as possible, since daylight is shorter in the wintertime. The earlier you contact help, the more time they have to reach you.   Sources: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/10/21839847-couple-four-children-found-safe-after-2-nights-missing-in-frigid-nevada-mountains?lite http://www.disastercenter.com/guide/winter.html http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/missing_family_found_alive_after_days_stranded_in_nevada_mountains.html http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/survive-overnight-car-blizzard-article-1.1261026 http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dtx/?n=cartips http://www.smartmotorist.com/driving-guideline/what-to-do-if-trapped-in-your-car-during-a-blizzard.html