If I'm stuck should I try to walk for help?


The answer to this question depends on several factors, but the answer is usually no. Unless you are having mechanical problems in a suburban/urban area during fair weather in the daytime, then it is probably in your best interest to stay put. First and foremost, your vehicle is going to provide you protection from the elements. More often than not when a person becomes “stuck” it is due to some type of inclement weather. If the weather is wet and rainy, you'll end up soaked and could find yourself struck by a motorist unable to see you because of decreased visibility. In the case of snow, you'd be putting yourself at the very real risk of death from hypothermia. In addition, white out conditions can cause a person to become lost and disoriented – even in familiar locations. In this modern age of cell phones, the better option is to call for help and sit tight. If you do not have friends or family who can come to get you, many state police agencies are happy to provide assistance to stranded motorists. If you find yourself stranded in a remote area where cell phone service is not available (perhaps in a remote area of national park) you are still much better off in your vehicle. In addition to the protection it offers, the eventual search party will have an easier time finding your car than than finding you on foot. In order to make yourself more comfortable while you wait for rescue, it's important to be prepared. You want to make sure you have a way to keep warm, some food and some water. Innovation Factory offers a blizzard survival kit for just such scenarios. Made in the USA, the kit includes hand warmers, a body warmer (that you can put inside of your jacket) and a thermal reflective blanket (to wrap yourself in) to help keep you warm; a dual-tone emergency whistle and large SOS distress flag to help alert rescuers; an 8 hour light stick and even a 400 calorie emergency food bar (U.S. Coast Guard approved), all packed in a resealable storage bag.

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