Keeping Your Car Warm When Waiting For A Winter Tow

Getting trapped in your car during a blizzard is a scary proposition for any driver. Even if you have already called a tow truck driver, it make take them several hours to arrive. During that time, you need to stay warm to avoid the risk of hypothermia. These simple tips will keep you and anyone else in your car stay warm while you wait.

Bury Your Car in Snow

The best way to keep heat trapped in your car is to add a layer of snow over top of it before shutting yourself inside. While it may seem counter intuitive to bury your car when you're stuck, snow is an incredibly powerful insulator. If you have an emergency shovel in your winter weather kit, get it out and start throwing some snow on the roof and the sides.

In a pinch, you can also use containers like coffee cans and fast food soft drink cups to do the job. Make sure you don't bury the car's tailpipe, as this can create a dangerous carbon monoxide buildup in your car when you run it later.

Take Off Wet Clothing

If any piece of clothing on you is soaking wet, you need to take it off immediately, even if you have to strip down to you underwear. This might seem insane, but wet clothes not only lose their insulating abilities when wet, but they actually suck heat out of your body,

While you're not exactly going to be comfortable sitting in your car with no clothes on, it's the best alternative to slowly freezing to death in dangerously wet clothes. When they're dry again, you can put them back on or avoid this situation entirely by always packing a change of clothing.

Cover Up in Blankets

Always stock blankets in your car in the winter, especially ones made of wool or polar fleece. These materials will trap your body heat and keep you incredibly warm and both retain their insulation qualities when wet.

Run the Car

While waiting for your tow truck driver, you need to run your engine regularly to help keep the interior of your car as warm as possible while conserving your gas. The trick is to run your car and its heater for about 10-15 minutes every hour. If you've carefully insulated your car with snow, the heat it produces should be more than enough to keep you comfortable. Running your engine also keeps your battery safe from losing its charge in extreme cold.

Following these tips should keep you warm and comfortable before your tow truck driver (like those from Big Ben's Towing & Recovery LLC) arrives. Just make sure to implement them immediately: waiting around too long is potentially deadly in dangerous winter conditions.