With our almost-one inch of snow this week in the south, it’s important to stay safe when winter weather hits. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross on what to do if your vehicle breaks down or you become stranded:
- REMEMBER, KEEP SAFETY FIRST
- Determine your location as accurately as you can.
- Move your vehicle as far off the roadway as possible if you can, WITHOUT PUTTING YOURSELF IN HARMS WAY.
- Cycle your engine and your heater so it is not constantly running to conserve fuel.
- Do not use appliances (lights, radio, DVD players, etc) without the engine running to avoid draining the battery.
- Turn on your emergency flashers and ensure your lights are clear of ice and snow.
- If it is necessary to exit the vehicle, use the side farthest from the traffic lane and make sure there is plenty of room between you and the vehicle (in case it is struck by another vehicle).
- Stay with your vehicle at all times and never abandon your vehicle.
- Make a plan to conserve fuel and battery supplies. Reduce consumption of both where possible.
Go to redcross.org for more info and tips.