Car Disasters: Out of Gas
- 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 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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