Winter Driving: How to Survive a Car Breakdown

Winter adds an extra level of danger when a car breaks down.


Car breakdown?

If you’re stranded in a car and can’t drive further, don’t get out. Call for help if you can. Run the engine occasionally for warmth, but keep a window open. Be sure the exhaust pipe isn’t blocked by snow. Follow these 10 best practices for winter driving to avoid dangers.

Run out of gas?

If the car runs out of gas, keep all the windows shut. Stay on the lookout for help. Adding a winter survival kit to your car is a smart idea, here’s what you need.

Stuck for a while?

Exercise or move your arms and legs for warmth and keep yourself awake. Don’t go to sleep under any circumstances. Get your car ready for winter with these five easy tasks.

Caught outside?

If you’re caught outside while on foot, head to the nearest shelter. Tie a scarf over your nose and mouth to protect your ears and face and to prevent suffocation from the wind and snow.

Can’t see ahead of you?

If the snow is so bad it impairs sight, try to follow a fence or ruts in the road. Check out these 14 tips that can prepare your car for winter.

You’d better have good tire tread for the winter. Here’s a short video on how to find out if your tire tread is in good shape.