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After an accident: How to survive in your vehicle overnight

Stay with your vehicle after an accident (Peter Kummerfeldt photo)
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It’s officially winter storm season!  Have you given any thought to what it might be like to spend a night in your car stuck in a ditch somewhere?  Thousands of people may face that prospect in the very near future. 
by Peter Kummerfeldt


Stay with your vehicle after an accident (Peter Kummerfeldt photo)

Stay with your vehicle after an accident (Peter Kummerfeldt photo)

I would hazard a guess that more people each year end up in survival situations after a car accident than do in the backwoods of America.   To continue that thought a step further I would also guess that those people who end up “surviving” after a car accident are less prepared than those on a backpacking trip.
We have complete faith in our vehicles ability to get us from one place to the next without incident.  Few people “dress to survive” they “dress to arrive.!
Here’s what you should have in your car:
Cellular phone with a charger
4 – quart water bottles
Dehydrated meal with heating element (Military MREs)
Carbohydrate food bars
Toilet paper
Tools (jacket, lug wrench, shovel. windshield ice scraper, multipurpose tool)
Road flares
Tow strap
Booster cables
Blankets or sleeping bags
Chemical warmers
Light sticks
Metal cup
Basic first aid kit
Additional warm clothing to include warm gloves and work gloves.
Winter footwear
Two empty #10 cans (one for melting snow and one for sanitary purposes)
Sack of cat litter (to improve tire traction)
Personal Emergency Beacon
Spare personal critical medications
Flashlight and spare batteries
Portable radio with spare batteries
Ski goggles
Duct tape or Gorilla Tape
Book to read
50 feet of cord
GPS receiver (provides latitude and longitude coordinates)
If you’re stuck in your car stay with your car!  Alert someone. Bring all of your supplies into the car where you can easily access them.  Stay warm.  Be patient.  Help will come!

Peter Kummerfeldt has walked the talk in the wilderness survival field for decades.

Peter Kummerfeldt

Born in Kenya, East Africa, Peter came to America in 1965 and joined the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the Air Force Survival Instructor Training School and has served as an instructor at the Basic Survival School, Spokane, Washington; the Arctic Survival School, Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Jungle Survival School, Republic of the Philippines. For twelve years, Peter was the Survival Training Director at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He retired from the Air Force in 1995 after 30 years of service.

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In 1992, concerned with the number of accidents that were occurring in the outdoors annually and the number of tourists traveling overseas who were involved in unpleasant and sometimes life-threatening incidents Peter created OutdoorSafe.com

He is the author of Surviving a Wilderness Emergency and has addressed over 20,000 people as the featured speaker at numerous seminars, conferences and national conventions.

Check out Peter’s blog at: OutdoorSafe.blogspot.com


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