· Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. An idling car only uses about one gallon of gas per hour;
· Tie a brightly colored cloth to the car for rescuers to see;
· Light a flare or turn on a flashlight to let others know you are stranded;
· Make sure the exhaust pipe is free of any blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning; and
· Keep hydrated by drinking water from your preparedness kit. Don’t eat snow, as it will lower body temperature.
During severe winter weather or if inclement weather is approaching, IDHS recommends staying home, if possible. If the trip is absolutely necessary, Erickson says it’s a good idea to let someone know your destination, route and expected time of arrival.
The IDHS recently surveyed Hoosiers about their level of preparedness should an emergency occur. The survey, which included a series of questions about preparedness plans, kits and various resources, was completed by more than 2,500 respondents.
For more tips on winter weather driving and building a vehicle preparedness kit, visit GetPrepared.in.gov or www.ready.gov. To check for current travel advisories or warnings, check the Indiana County Travel Advisory Map at www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory.