Car Dis­as­ters: Out of Gas

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

Do’s ...

Steer your car as far off the road­way as prac­ti­cal— prefer­ably into a park­ing lot or other safe area away from traf­fic. Look around to see where you are. Specif­i­cally, look for road signs and mile mark­ers to de­ter­mine your where­abouts. Call for road­side as­sis­tance. Be sure to men­tion any ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances that may re­quire spe­cial at­ten­tion (ex­treme hot/cold weather, kids in the car, etc.). If it is ex­tremely hot, get out of the car safely and find a shady spot nearby. Take any bev­er­ages with you. If it is ex­tremely cold, stay in the car as long as it is in a safe place. Sit close with other pas­sen­gers and get un­der a blan­ket if you have one. From a pre­pared­ness stand­point, you should have th­ese items in your ve­hi­cle at all times: a 2- gal­lon gas can, a flash­light, a blan­ket, drink­ing wa­ter, snacks, gloves, jumper ca­bles and a charged cell phone.

Don’t’s ...

Don’t re­main in the car if it is in the vicin­ity of fast-mov­ing traf­fic. Get out— safely— and move to a safer lo­ca­tion. Don’t leave the car dur­ing cold or in­clement weather un­less you ab­so­lutely have to for safety rea­sons. Don’t start walk­ing to reach a gas sta­tion if you do not know where you are. You could find your­self com­pletely lost with­out sup­plies. Don’t hitch­hike. Don’t get caught with­out a ve­hi­cle emer­gency kit that con­tains ve­hi­cle re­pair and per­sonal pro­tec­tion items ap­pro­pri­ate both to where you’re driv­ing and the cur­rent sea­son.

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