What if you are the next person to get stranded on the side of the roadway, do you know how to react? Do you have what it takes to survive?
Most drivers understand they need tire chains when heading to the snow, but they should also be bringing other supplies and skills that could save their life if stranded.
“I have a shovel, tool box, chains, tow ropes, all sorts of tools,” said Matt Paxton, a Washington resident who is more prepared for snowy conditions than the average driver.
“If the snow gets real bad, you've got to be prepared,” said Paxton.
But just what do you need to prepare yourself for being stranded in the snow.
“We have a shovel in case you get stuck in the snow, you can dig the snow out from under your tires,” said Jim Lindquist with Shasta County Search and Rescue. He explains you should carry several items in your car including food, water, a flashlight, warm clothing, a phone charger, tire chains and a tow rope. Also grab a blanket because you may have to spend the night.
“The best thing to do when you are going out is to let people know where you are going, when you are going and what routes you are taking, and be sure to take paper maps because GPSs don't always work,” said Scott Lindquist, also with Shasta County Search and Rescue.
If you know you're in trouble, don't hesitate to call 911 for help. Leave markers in the radius around your car so you are easier to find.
But what’s one of the best ways to prevent a problem?
“I check the weather probably 4-5 times a day just to see what’s going to be coming in the future,” said David Dodd of Redding Sports LTD. He avoids traveling during extreme weather, but he also prepares himself.
“So this is a stove that is integrated into a cup,” said David.
With a device like this, you can heat up freeze dried food, making your bad experience a little better.