What if I Get Stranded by a Winter Storm?

It doesn’t matter how many years of experience you have driving in winter weather, an unexpected storm can leave you stranded. Residents of Centennial, CO know road conditions can deteriorate rapidly. Studded tires and chains may provide some traction in certain conditions, but they will not counteract the impact of severe winter weather.

Weather apps can keep you updated on the approach of inclement weather. If possible, wait until snow or ice passes and road crews have had a chance to clear roads. Compass Insurance encourages you to visit the Ready.gov website for information on being prepared if travel is a must. Share your travel route with family and friends. Stick to your route so people will know where to look if you lose touch or become stranded.

Before You Leave

Fill your gas tank, charge your phone, and check the contents of your emergency kit.

Ready.gov recommends your emergency kit contains:

  • Rock salt and kitty litter
  • Shovel
  • First-aid kit and necessary medications
  • Flares
  • Flashlight and radio with extra batteries
  • Waterproof matches and candles
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Take Action

As soon as you realize you cannot make it to safety on your own, contact the authorities. Then, call family and friends that are familiar with your route. Compass Insurance encourages you to stick with the recommendations of Ready.gov and stay in your vehicle. It acts as a temporary shelter. Start the engine and let it run for 5-10 minutes each hour to take the edge off the cold. Make sure the tail pipe is clear and crack a window to prevent carbon monoxide build-up. Leave your dome light on if it is dark so emergency responders can find you. The extra clothes and blankets in your emergency kit can help prevent hypothermia and be a key factor in you returning home safely to Centennial, CO.