Survival Tips
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Survival Tips

SURVIVAL TIPS

Break Down Tips

  • If you break down on the roadway, do your best to pull to the right shoulder or as far to the right as possible. There is not much worse than becoming that sitting duck smack dab in the middle of rush hour traffic.

  • Turn on your hazard signal in all cases of break down.

  • It is always a good idea to carry warning triangles and / or road flares. Please don't light road flares at accidents in case of fuel leaks. Let the police handle that responsibility.

  • If you cannot get your vehicle started, contact a tow company to get you off the road as soon as possible.

  • If you are blocking traffic, notify the local police agency or the Highway Patrol of your situation.

  • Leaving your vehicle for an extended period of time is not always wise. If you leave, and your vehicle is not in a safe location, the police may have your vehicle towed.

  • If you are stranded on the highway.... Be Cautious.... it is not safe. Some people advise to stay in your vehicle with your safety belt on. It may be better to stand outside of your vehicle, behind and as far off the roadway as possible. If you stand in front of or directly next to your vehicle, a passing motorist may hit you or your vehicle. If that passing motorist hits your vehicle, and you are next to or in front of it, WHERE DO YOU THINK YOUR VEHICLE IS GOING TO GO?

  • No matter what advice you take, please always be aware of what is coming.

  • Always look first before getting out of your vehicle.

  • If you are changing your tire, make sure you are as far off the roadway as possible, and keep an eye out for passing motorists.

  • We cannot stress how important it is to KEEP AWARE OF ONCOMING TRAFFIC!!

  • KNOW YOUR VEHICLE
    Is your vehicle 2 wheel drive (2WD), 4 wheel drive (4WD), all wheel drive (AWD), front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, standard or automatic transmission? TELL THEM. Do you have passengers? How many? How old? Pets? TELL THEM. Are you towing a trailer? TELL THEM.

  • WHERE ARE YOU
    Good information will get us there faster. Route numbers, mile markers, compass direction, street name your on as well as streets you passed by and landmarks will all help.

  • CALL BACK NUMBER
    Is a great help. We can communicate directly with you, which save time and misunderstandings. If you contacted one of our local Law Enforcement Agencies leave your number with the dispatcher.

  • STAY CALM
    Don’t argue with the wrecker operator. He is there to help you get where you are going. The last thing he needs is you yelling at him while he is trying to help you.

  • WHERE IS IT GOING
    If you are requesting a tow, think of where you want your vehicle taken. If you don't know ask the wrecker operator. They have been doing this job for a long time and they know the businesses that do the best work.

  • PAYING FOR SERVICES
    Know your motor club (if you have one) and the services and rates they provide. Don't get in a situation where you can't pay for the extra service that may be required.

  • STAY CLEAR
    Once the wrecker operator gets to your location, stay clear of what he is doing. Try not to get in his way and possibly get yourself and him injured. Please stay in an area out of the way of the wrecker and remember, DON'T WONDER INTO THE ROADWAY AND GET YOURSELF KILLED BY PASSING MOTORISTS. Stay off the side of the road until the wrecker operator lets you know that it is time to go.

Winter Travel Tips

The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents. Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road are the keys to safe winter driving. (This information is brought to you by one of the many Web Pages of the DOT)

Before

Have a mechanic check the following items on your car.

  • Battery

  • Antifreeze

  • Wipers and windshield washer fluid

  • Ignition system

  • Thermostat

  • Lights

  • Flashing hazard lights

 

  • Exhaust system

  • Heater

  • Brakes

  • Defroster

  • Oil level (if necessary, replace existing oil with a winter grade oil or the SAE 10w/30 weight variety)

 

Install good winter tires.
Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal.

Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.

Plan long trips carefully.
Listen to the radio or call the state highway patrol for the latest road conditions. Always travel during daylight and, if possible, take at least one other person.

If you must go out during a winter storm, use public transportation.

Dress warmly.
Wear layers of loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing.

Carry food and water.
Store a supply of high-energy "munchies" and several bottles of water.

Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter for more information on winter driving.

Winter Car Kit
Keep these items in your car:

  • Flashlights with extra batteries

  • First aid kit with pocket knife

  • Necessary medications

  • Several blankets

  • Sleeping bags

  • Extra newspapers for insulation

  • Plastic bags (for sanitation)

  • Matches

  • Extra set of mittens, socks, and a wool cap

  • Rain gear and extra clothes

  • Small sack of sand for generating traction under wheels

 

  • Small shovel

  • Small tools (pliers, wrench, screwdriver)

  • Booster cables

  • Set of tire chains or traction mats

  • Cards, games, and puzzles

  • Brightly colored cloth to use as a flag

  • Canned fruit and nuts

  • No electric can opener

  • Bottled water