AMES, Iowa – Jan. 30, 2013; 3 p.m. update – A mechanical breakdown or sliding off the road is frustrating enough, but it can be extremely dangerous when the temperatures plummet. If you don’t already have emergency supplies in your vehicle, now is the time to put them in.
How many times have you taken a short trip to a friend’s house or the store and not taken your coat? Imagine what would happen if your vehicle went off the road and the engine would not restart. How would you stay warm? How would you survive until emergency crews arrived?
The National Weather Services is forecasting very cold wind chill values, as low as minus 15, for this evening. A northwest wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph, are to be expected. The frigid temperatures and slick road conditions put travelers at risk.
Even the most basic of supplies carried in your vehicle can help you survive – coat, hat, boots, blankets, water and a phone to call for help. And don’t forget to have enough supplies for everyone in your vehicle.
The most important thing to remember if you have a breakdown or accident is to never leave your vehicle; even when it seems like a long time has passed. Your vehicle provides shelter, protects you from being struck by other vehicles and allows emergency personnel to find you.