You’re driving home late at night from Toronto and you notice how few cars are out on the road with you. Your cars outdoor temperature gauge registers well below zero. You already knew that when you went to your car in the first place, but the temperature keeps dropping several degrees every hour.
Suddenly the maintenance light goes on, the car begins to sputter, and you pull over to the side of the road where it finally dies altogether. You take out your cell phone to call for help, but you’re in what some people would refer to as a dead zone. There is no cell phone coverage, not even a roaming signal.
Now what? You could be in the middle of nowhere and are suddenly in a dangerous situation. Below are a few tips that can save your life in this potential scenario.
1. Stay with your car. If you don’t know where you are, it could be miles upon miles before you reach a house, gas station, or other facility that is actually open late at night. In the time it would take you to walk to the next place, hypothermia, frostbite, and other life-threatening situations could arise.
It’s best to stay with your car because no matter where you are, eventually somebody will come along.
2. Keep lifesaving essentials in the trunk of your vehicle. While water will certainly likely be frozen at this time, blankets, hand warmers, and even food could be an important asset to you right now. You should keep some matches with you to help start a small fire on the pavement in the event that you need to thaw out some water.
3. Make sure you have road flares with you to help signal any other vehicles passing by. If you see another car coming your way, get over to the side of the road, and then try to signal them to pull over for help. Never get into the vehicle with a stranger, but instead ask them to call for help as soon as they have cell phone signals.
Remain in your vehicle at all other times. This will help to maintain your body heat for as long as possible. Whether you drive a BMW or any other vehicle, getting stranded during winter can potentially be dangerous very quickly. These tips could help save your life.