How To Stay Safe If You're Stuck In A Car In A Snow Storm

    You should stay off the roads during a blizzard or snowstorm if at all possible. But if you absolutely can't avoid it, here's what you should know.

    First, stock your car with as many of these essentials as you possibly can:

    1. Your fully charged cell phone, with a portable charger if you have one

    2. Flares or reflective triangles to increase your visibility

    3. Blankets and/or sleeping bags

    4. An extra set of warm clothes, AND an extra set of regular clothes

    5. Bottled water and non-perishable snacks

    6. A flashlight with an extra set of batteries

    7. Sand or kitty litter

    8. Standard car emergency tools: A jack, a shovel, a spare tire, jumper cables, tow rope, and some basic tools

    9. An ice and snow scraper and brush

    10. First aid kit

    And here's what you should do if you get stuck in your car during a blizzard:

    11. Do whatever you can to move your car out of harm's way

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    "To whatever degree possible, you want to protect yourself from being hit by any other approaching motorists," Van Tassel says. He suggests pulling off the road and stopping it along the back side of a guard rail or on a protected side of another vehicle. Moving it to the shoulder if you can will also help.

    Pictured above is a video a bystander took of a recent tragic 193-vehicle crash in Michigan, where one person died.

    12. Call 911 and let them know where you are

    13. Set up flares or reflective triangles to alert people that you're there

    14. Get out of the car and make sure your tailpipe is clear of snow. Do this repeatedly.

    15. Only run the car for a few minutes every hour to help warm yourself up

    16. Stay in your car for as long as possible

    Be safe out there, guys.