If you become trapped in your car during a snowstorm. Well that would suck. Here is what the North Carolina Safety Patrol says you should do if that happens:

  1. Pull off the highway; stay calm and remain in your vehicle. At night, turn on the inside dome light, so work and rescue crews can see you.
  2. Set your directional lights to "flashing" and hang a cloth or distress flag from the radio aerial or window. In a rural or wilderness area, spread a large cloth over the snow to attract attention of rescue crews who may be surveying the area by airplane.
  3. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter.
  4. If you run the engine to keep warm, open a window slightly for ventilation. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Periodically clear away snow from the exhaust pipe.
  5. Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat as a blanket
  6. Never let everyone in the car sleep at once. One person should stay awake to look out for rescue crews.
  7. Be careful not to use battery power. Balance electrical energy needs - the use of lights, heat and radio - with your supply.
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