Surviving If You Become Stuck In The Snow


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With winter on the horizon, it is time to remind drivers of the dangers of driving in the snow. You never know when a storm can suddenly develop and leave roads a mess, this is why all drivers who live in an area that experiences winter driving conditions should be aware of safety precautions that are necessary if you happen to become trapped in your vehicle. Every weather situation is different but the following safety guidelines apply to all situations and can save your life.


Winter driving conditions offer their own unique type of hazards, which is why drivers should always have a winter survival kit in their vehicles. The survival kit should be loaded with food, clothing, water, an extra cell phone battery and blankets.

The food that you add to your survival kit should be dry packaged foods that will last for a long time. Foods of this nature include granola bars, trail mix, nuts, crackers and some types of candy. If you decide to add canned foods to your emergency kit, make sure that they have a lid that can be easily removed, such as a pull tab. This will allow you to access the food inside without going nuts trying to find a way to open the can. If you are willing to spend a few more dollars, you may want to add MRE meals that are available at military surplus stores as well as outdoor oriented stores.

Your kit should also contain extra clothing that can be used to provide warmth while you are stuck. The extra clothing should consist of boots, gloves, socks a blanket or sleeping bag. If you happen to get wet while venturing outside of your vehicle you will be grateful for the dry change of clothes.

Becoming stranded in the winter can also cause drivers to become dehydrated. It is important to have some extra bottles of water or Gatorade. This will help prevent dehydration. If you do not have access to fresh water, you can always eat snow or allow it to melt in order to drink.

These are just a few tips to help you stay safe in the winter months. Always be prepared and you will survive anything.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."

7 comments

  1. Chocolate is another good thing to carry. Doesn’t take much room and is a high energy food. I don’t particularly care for chocolate, but it is in my safety pack during the winter months. Wool socks are a must too, much warmer than regular socks. Thanks for the reminders.

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  2. You should always have a safety and first aid kit.. or whatsoever kit every time you’re planning to go for an adventure. Just in case you encountered a situation like being stranded in the middle of nowhere, you can assure that you have something that you can use as the need arise.

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  3. I’ve never gone off road in the snow. I grew up in California and have a hard enough time driving on the streets. I guess snow is something you have to learn to deal with. Maybe in a year or two I’ll feel comfortable enough to give it a try. It looks like a blast but this will only be my 2nd winter of snow experience.

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  4. I used to laugh at people who carried survival kits during the winter. I found myself laughing out the other side of my mouth when I happened to me. I had slid into a ditch in a blizzard and the blowing snow soon covered the Jeep. The shape of the ditch had blocked the doors and I knew better than to climb out the window because the snow would have poured inside. I had my cell and was able to call for help but was unable to actually pin point where I was. I was only trapped for 6 hours but with no food and no blankets I was quite uncomfortable by the time they found me. I had turned on my flashers and someone saw the light through the snow and called for help. I’m a believer and now both Jeeps are equipped for winter emergencies.

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  5. Probably a good idea to have a basic understanding of frost bite too. A buddy of mine lost 2 toes and part of his little finger last winter to it. He was changing a flat tire and was not really dressed for the elements. In hindsight, he wishes he would have called for road service. Just a word to the wise, winter is nothing to mess around with.

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  6. Like most men, I laughed at the idea of a survival kit during the winter, but my wife insisted. To keep the peace, I left it there. Our pickup was in the shop for repairs and we had to make an unexpected trip to my parents home. There was a snow storm predicted but I felt confident in my vehicle and my ability to manuever through it. To make a long story short it turned into a blizzard and we were not able to see the road. We were stranded for 36 hours and thanks to my wife, we survived. Our lives were worth the rather large piece of humble pie she served me.

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  7. I’ll never forget my first experience on snow. The problem wasn’t the snow, it was the fact that the snow covered up a leg of a lake that I didn’t know was there. I had stopped because I saw some guys not too far off that were jumping up and down and yelling something at me. I got out so I could hear them and they told me I was sitting on the lake and that if I had gone another 50 or so feet I would have broke through the ice. Needless to say I gingerly got back behind the wheel and backed up ever so carefully until the terrain started angling up again. I hate to think what would have happened if those guys hadn’t been there that day. I’d have probably sank through the ice and been there until spring. I’m a lot more cautious now about driving in the snow, especially in places where I don’t know the area well.

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