A car crash in severely cold weather can lead to two main unsafe bodily conditions for drivers and passengers: frostbite and hypothermia.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 02, 2012
Driving records report site DMV.us.org recommends never traveling in snowy or freezing conditions and shares these reasons why cold weather can be dangerous. A car crash in severely cold weather can lead to two main unsafe bodily conditions for drivers and passengers: frostbite and hypothermia.
Frostbite occurs when exposed skin freezes in the cold weather. This can happen within one minute at a wind chill of -25 Fahrenheit. Frostbite affects extremities first, like fingers, toes and ears. If any body part has been frostbitten before, it is more likely to do so again even in mild conditions.
Redness and burning are indications frostbite will occur unless the body part is warmed up fast. Numbness lets the body know that frostbite has already occurred. If frostbite is found, hold the affected part tightly against warm skin or another part of the body. When warmed up, keep the frostbite covered and make sure the area does not freeze again.
Hypothermia can develop when the body begins to lose heat faster than it can produce it and occurs during prolonged exposure to the cold. Some symptoms include uncontrollable shivering, slow and slurred speech, memory lapses, incoherence, stumbling, drowsiness and exhaustion. Hypothermia can happen to anyone so if these symptoms are experience it is recommended to get dry by removing all damp clothing and the get warm quickly to stay away and alert.
DMV.us.org advises drivers to not leave the house in a snow storm or severe cold conditions in order to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. The cold can be deadly, and it is better to be safe at home then chancing these two conditions out on the road.
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