How to Prepare to Survive a Night in Your Car

How to Prepare to Survive a Night in Your CarSometimes we find ourselves in unexpected situations. And when emergencies happen, it is best to be as prepared as we possibly can. You can prepare yourself for driving emergencies by taking a defensive driving course, but how can you prepare for having to stay the night in your car?

One such emergency is getting stranded in a car overnight. It is estimated that about 70 percent of winter weather deaths happen inside cars, so this can be a very dangerous situation if you are not equipped to handle it. So just in case you ever find yourself in such a situation, it is important to know what to do. Here are some tips for staying in a car overnight.

1. Don’t try to Keep Traveling

If the reason that you are forced to stop is extreme weather, such as a blizzard, it is important that you don’t try to continue in the hazardous weather if your car is not equipped for it. And once you have pulled over, do not attempt to walk on anywhere, as this could leave you in a worse situation than the one that you started with; you could end up lost, stranded, or even suffer serious damage to your health.

2. Find a Safe Place to Stop

If you can, try to find a roadside motel to stay in overnight. Alternatively, look for gas stations, rest stops, or other locations. If you cannot stay in these places overnight, you may at least be able to find a safe place to park overnight. If you are stuck in this situation however, the chances are that you have no choice but to pull over wherever you are.

3. Don’t Leave Your Car Running

There are many dangers associated with leaving your car running for the entire night. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is just one of the most serious dangers. However, it can be very cold and dangerous if you try to go the whole night without using the heating. Make sure that the exhaust pipe is clear of snow, and the car is ventilated, and turn it on for 15-20 minute intervals. In between these, keep warm with blankets, clothing, and other layers.

4. Keep Moving

Keep your blood circulating by moving around as much as possible. You can clap your hands, stretch your legs, or tap your feet to keep the blood moving. Try to keep yourself busy by reading or eating snacks.

5. Prepare

Prepare for this kind of situation by including an emergency kit in your car. It should have food storage, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight, a book, and blankets. This will help to prepare you for this rare situation. Another way in which you can prepare is to take a defensive driving course, to improve your driving skills and help you to drive more safely in hazardous weather.

Lee Flynn

Lee Flynn

Freelance writer who promotes home safety and preparedness through the proper use of food storage and emergency equipment. He is an expert on protection preparedness.
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