Surviving winter if you are stranded in you car

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Surviving winter if you are stranded in you car

 

What would you do if you found yourself stranded?

Being stranded in your car in nice weather is bad enough, but getting stranded in ice and snow and surviving winter weather is something you must be prepared for.

As preppers we all prepare for natural disasters of one sort or the other.

The UK Winter is something that we also need to prepare for as well.

The basic risks still exist – and during the winter months the added risk of Hypothermia is higher than at any other time.

In order to survive the winter weather, it is essential to be fully prepared and have the correct equipment with you, if you were to get yourself stranded in your car.

Breaking down in the snow and ice or just sliding off the road and getting stuck can be quite dangerous at the least and potentially fatal in the worse scenario.

Being fully prepared with the correct winter survival kit
is essential to keep yourself alive until help arrives.

The 5 basic rules to surviving, still apply to surviving winter in your car.

But remember, always adapt the amount of survival preparation to suit your own families needs and consider a worse case scenario of a car full of adults.

You must have enough survival equipment and supplies for this.

SHELTER:

 

This is your No:1 concern and most important survival decision.

  • Your car will provide all the shelter you need and protect you from the elements, so DO NOT leave your vehicle.
  • The only real time you would consider leaving is when you are fully equipped to do so, your life was in danger,  or you knew exactly where you were heading for.
  • Tip:  write “HELP & SOS” on the outside of the windscreen and back window

WARMTH:

being able to keep warm and offset hypothermia is essential to survival

  • Your car will provide all the shelter you need and protect you from the elements, so DO NOT leave your vehicle.
  • The only real time you would consider leaving is when you are fully equipped to do so, your life was in danger,  or you knew exactly where you were heading for.
  • Tip:  run your car engine for short periods of time [10-15mins] to stop any freezing, and run the heater [set on feet only], as any heat will rise and add to the warmth inside.
    Ensure that nothing is blocking that will allow fumes into the cabin area. [e.g. the exhaust system] and keep all windows and doors closed to prevent any fumes entering.

You will need a to ensure you have a supply of water for at least 48 hours. As well as an energy drink to keep you alert. 
Do not eat the snow or ice around you, no matter how fresh it is.
Snow will cool your body temperature down too much and the last thing you want is for your core temperature to drop.
Snow and ice can also contain dirt, bacteria and other unsavoury things.!

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