The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following survival tips if you're stranded in the mountains in winter:
n Stay in your vehicle. It is often the safest choice if winter storms create poor visibility or if roadways are covered with ice.
n Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers and raise the hood of the car (if it is not snowing).
n Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area.
n Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers.
n Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems.
n Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe.
n As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer.
• Do not eat snow because it will lower your body temperature.
• Huddle with other people for warmth.