A car breakdown in severe winter weather can be scary! These simple tips from industry experts will help you stay prepared during those dicy winter months.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) December 17, 2013
A breakdown during any time of the year can be a difficult experience, but it becomes even more challenging during the cold winter months. The security and safety professionals at AlarmSystemReport.com created a list of tips to help people handle a winter car breakdown.
For many people, having a car breakdown on the side of the road is one of their worst case scenarios, and this is further compounded if it happens during the winter. Unfortunately, mechanical problems are a fact of life, but there are ways people can handle them appropriately, in order to minimize risks. The professionals at AlarmSystemReport.com have created a list of tips specifically aimed at helping people deal with their car breaking down in the midst of winter.
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1. The best thing to do is to keep a car in good working order at all times. Many people will invest in the best home alarm systems in order to protect themselves against threats, but don’t take the same level of precaution with their vehicle. Prior to the start of winter, it’s a good idea to visit a qualified mechanic and have him or her inspect the car and provide some preventative winter maintenance.
2. Even with detailed maintenance, some situations are unavoidable. If a driver experiences a car breakdown during winter, it’s important to stay inside the vehicle. The car is the best way to remain protected from the elements. Encourage all of the passengers to stay inside the vehicle as well.
3. If there’s snow, keep it cleared from the hood of the car so that emergency help can easily locate the vehicle.
4. If the car is running, it should be ventilated. Slightly crack the window while the engine and heater are running to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
5. Move arms and legs frequently to keep blood circulating.
6. Run the engine once an hour until help arrives, if the car has enough gas. If a tank is close to being full it can typically be run for about 15 minutes every hour until there is help.
7. Create a winter survival kit and keep it in the vehicle at all times. It’s good to have extra clothing and blankets, some snacks and water, a first aid kit and necessary car tools. Don’t leave home without this kit in the winter. For drivers with children, it’s important to bring several layers for them, as well as extra necessary medication and formula for babies.
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