What you need to know if your car gets stranded on the side of the road

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Eric Boettcher travels the country keynote speaking and loves empowering people to learn basic survival skills. Today he talks about what to do when you are stranded in your car on the side of the road

 1. What should you do when you are stranded in your car on the side of the road?

  • FIRST –Put your hazard lights on if you are able to prevent your car from getting hit
  • Call UDOT OR AAA if you have it to get assistance

2. Are there things you can do to avoid breaking down on the side of the road?

  • ALWAYS be aware of the warning lights up on your car’s dashboard. They light up for a reason and are meant to protect you.

3.  How to keep warm if stranded in the winter:

  • Stay in your car as much as possible so that as little heat as possible escapes.  Your body heat can warm the average car 20 degrees warmer from the outside temperature and blocks the outside weather.
  • In extreme situations you may need to leave your car but you need to leave a note people so that people know where you have gone. Most people will find a car faster than they find you.
  • Always have an extra coat and blanket
  • Cigarette lighters can help start a fire
  • Survival Rule of Three: matches, flint bar and fire lens in your glove box

4. There are things in your car that you can use to draw attention to your situation

  • Make yourself look out of place.
  • Write SOS in the dirt in the middle of the road
  • If your car is dusty write need help on the windshield in the dust
  • Don’t let a car go by to get a car’s attention. Think about what would get your attention and do that.

Find more information and tips at ericboettchersurivialist.com .

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