Don't let this warmer weather fool you, November is here and the snow will be flying in the Southern Tier before you know it. We don't think about it until it's too late but are you prepared if you were to find yourself stranded on the side of the road?

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Would you know what to do to keep yourself safe until help could get to you? Remember in December of 2020 when we got over 40 inches of snow?  Some people were stuck in their vehicle with no way to get out.

There was one gentlemen that was stuck in his car after he was plowed in and with all the snow, it was difficult finding him. In this cell phone world, we think that we'll be able to get ahold of somebody to come and help but its not always possible.

So what do you do if you find yourself stranded on the side of the road? Here are some suggestions to keep you safe until help arrives.

What To Do If Your Stranded On The Side Of The Road

First of all, it's advised that you keep your gas tank at least half full when the bad weather is coming. You don't want to find out the hard way that you don't have enough fuel to keep you warm until help arrives.

Stay with your vehicle so help can find you. Another question that I've heard is how long should you run your engine. It's recommended that you run the engine and heater about 10 minutes every hour to keep warm.

You should also open a downwind window a little bit for ventilation and remove snow from the exhaust pipe to stop possible carbon monoxide poisoning. If it's nighttime, turn on your inside light while your running your engine, that way someone may see you.

Things To Know Before You Leave Your Home

Communication is key when it comes to getting help when your stranded. So before you go, make sure your cell phone charger will work with the power outlet or USB port in your car.

It's also not a bad idea to make sure your trunk is properly stocked with jumper cables/portable jump starters, inflated spare tire, flashlight with charged batteries, along with water and blankets.

Here are some other things to know before you go this winter.

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