It’s cold, there’s snow and ice on the roads, and your vehicle has left you stranded. What should you do next? Here are some tips to stay safe until help arrives:

· Before departing, consider your route. If you’re going to be traveling through an area with limited cell phone coverage, be sure to let someone know when and where you’ll be driving. If you fail to arrive when expected, that information will help police know where to start looking.

· If you are in a safe spot out of harm’s way, call for help and wait inside your vehicle.

· If you need to run the car heater, first make sure that the exhaust pipe is clear of snow. Then it’s safe to run the heater for 10 minutes every hour.

· To avoid possible buildup of carbon monoxide inside the vehicle, open a window slightly.

Check out the e-Risk Management newsletter archive for more tips.

Make it a safe day!

Mike Schofield
President & CEO