Being stranded with your car is undoubtedly a scary experience. Being stuck in your car is particularly scary if you are caught in a blizzard, stuck in a flash flood, riding through a major earthquake, or drive over a cliff. Believe it or not, if you are prepared, the situation can seem a lot less scary and much more manageable.
Robert’s Collision and Repair has compiled a list of survival tips if you and your family are ever stuck in your car:
Don’t abandon your car in a blizzard or storm: If you are far away from a town or city, walking away from your car can be very dangerous. If you are caught in a storm or blizzard, your car is excellent shelter.
Do abandon your car if you are caught in a flood or enter a body of water. Roll down the windows or break the windows to escape, in case the water pressure won’t allow you to open the doors.
Use a flag: If you are stranded on the side of the road, tie a flag on your antenna to alert upcoming drivers.
Call for help: If you have a phone, call for help as soon as possible.
Make sure your car is stocked: Make sure before you leave on a road trip, your vehicle is stocked with emergency supplies, such as water, food, flashlight, and jumper cables.
Avoid overexertion: Don’t strain yourself by shoveling excessive amounts of snow or walking several miles in severe heat. Overexertion is likely to result in an injury.
Plan ahead: This is our most important piece of advice. We cannot stress this strongly enough. If you are planning a road trip during the winter months, make sure your vehicle is running in pristine condition, so you are not stranded on the road with a broken down vehicle. Also, we strongly recommend putting together an emergency kit ahead of time.
Before you embark on your next road trip adventure, make sure your vehicle is running in optimal condition. To schedule an appointment, call us at 831-373-1534 to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey, CA 93940, just off Highway 1 and Del Monte Blvd. We look forward to seeing you soon!