The tragic Murree incident shook the Pakistani nation to its core which has led us to question.
the causes and lapses in our judgment after the 21 deaths owing to the unprecedented snowfall. Every year in winters, thousands of tourists.
However, what is the preemptive measures one needs to take when there is a huge probability
of getting stuck in a traffic jam due to heavy snowfall? Whether you are going on a sedan like Changan Alsvin
or a Hiace, here are some of the things you can do to brace up if you encounter heavy snowfall on the way:
Emergency Road Kit
Even if there is a slight chance that you might meet the ‘Old Man Winter’ on the roads, you should have a necessary backup kit. Some of the basic staples that you need are winter-weather-appropriate attire including a windbreaker jacket, gloves, & snow boots, tire chains, ice scraper, shovel, and a fire starter.
Other things you should have at hand in your used car in Pakistan include a portable phone charger, a first-aid kit, and jumper cables.
Have a Full Tank
If bad weather is anticipated or a snowstorm is imminent it is undoubtedly a wise decision to have a full tank of fuel before you embark on your journey. A full tank means that you can keep your vehicle running for longer. Moreover, you’ll be able to turn on your car heater and charge your phone in your new or used car in Pakistan.
Stay Inside Your Car
Don’t abandon your car! In freezing temperatures, staying put inside your car is the best antidote to the chilling weather. Your vehicle will give you protection against harsh weather conditions and keep you secure.
Your car is the best source of shelter until you know a safe space nearby. The shelter is very integral because otherwise, you might freeze to death.
Moreover, always alert the authorities so that you can be located by rescue personnel. Layer up with all the winter gear and blankets you have to trap your body heat. Insulate the car windows with whatever fabrics you have available in your car. But if your car heater is on, always remember to slightly open a window.
Preventive Measures against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Don’t keep your car heater turned on consistently as there is a very high risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if you don’t clear the exhaust pipe regularly. Moreover, run your engine periodically and make sure that the tailgate is not clogged.
Turn on the heater for mere 10-15 minutes then turn it off to preserve energy and to avoid the production of carbon monoxide in the car. This lethal gas is odorless and very hard to detect as it cannot be seen or felt. Those who inhale the fumes pass out in ten minutes if the concentration of gas is very high and die in their sleep.
This was the fate of the families stuck in the Murree snowfall tragedy as they breathed the toxic CO fumes which found no way out from the car. Whether you own a Cruiser, Changan Alsvin, Sportage, or a Cultus, clearing the exhaust is mandatory.
In low temperatures, the human body’s circulation is decreased. That’s the reason we can’t feel our toes or fingertips in cold weather. Therefore, to avoid frostbite and generally increase body circulation. One should stretch their arms and legs, wiggle fingers and toes, and do some brisk walk if possible to keep your body in motion.
Sustenance and Water
Keep yourself hydrated and eat something to keep your sugar level up. Therefore, it is best to keep some energy bars or packaged food in your emergency kit for dire situations.
Is Snowfall Even Worth the Risk?
The vista of snow falling in the beauteous mountains is a thing of beauty and can bring you immense pleasure however nothing is worth more than your life! However, owing to some necessary causes you have to travel in such harsh conditions it is mandatory to take the preventive measures and prepare yourself for any kind of possibility beforehand.
Always check the weather forecast to prepare yourself for any natural calamity before embarking on such journeys. Keep your tank full and stay put inside your car for shelter, clear the exhaust pipe and wait for the roads to clear. Do not go wandering in the woods or other unsafe places to keep yourself alive.