Stranded in cold weather? Here are a few tips that could save your life

Friday, February 20, 2015

PUTNAMVILLE -- With the frigid cold temperatures and icy conditions west-central Indiana has been experiencing, a disabled or stranded vehicle could make for a life-or-death situation for the driver and passengers, Indiana State Police at Putnamville stress.

State Police officials have offered a few tips that could save your life:

* Let someone know your route of travel.

* Always keep your gas tank full when driving in cold weather.

* Carry a winter survival kit in your car, including blankets, extra warm clothes, flashlight, extra batteries, brightly colored cloth, sand or a bag of cat litter, shovel, candles and matches, non-perishable high-calorie foods, (nuts, raisins and protein or energy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables.

* Do not leave your car if stranded, it is your best protection.

* Do not panic, an idling car only uses an average of one gallon of gas per hour.

* Roll down a window a very small amount for fresh air.

* Make sure the car's exhaust pipe is not blocked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

* At night, leave your dome light on.

* Always have your cell phone and a charger so you can call and let us know where you're located.

Following such simple tips could save you or a family member's life.

Motorists are also reminded that with the frigid temperatures, gusting winds and blowing snow also comes the possibility of intersections, bridge decks and overpasses icing over. Keep that in mind and drive with caution.

For Indiana road conditions call 1-800-261-7623 or visit the INDOT website at

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