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Surviving in the cold if you're stranded in your car

By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - In a matter of minutes without glove and a hat. You can get frost bite in these cold temperatures. Which is a exactly why staying inside your car, if it breaks down on the roads, is the safest way for you to survive.

It's a cold wintry morning and phones are ringing off the hook at A & B Auto in Dubuque. Service calls to tow, pull, and start cars. But there are a few things you should do if you're stranded.

"They're not gonna want to get out because when you get out of your car you don't have the heat to replenish the heat that's gone out when you opened the door. Stay in your vehicle. Then turn on your hazard lights," said Breanna Arling of A & B Automotive.

Tow services also recommend always having an extra blanket, a charged cell phone, and jumper cables.

"Have a car package in your trunk, you need jump start cables, a battery, flash light, an extra pair of gloves, an extra hat," said Arling.

Essentially anything that might keep you warm. Arling says use the resources you have and don't leave your vehicle. Call for help and wait for it to arrive. The worst thing you can do in cold temperatures is stand outside.

One things to keep in mind: A typical call time for a towing service is about 20 minutes but with snowy weather and cold temps. It takes up to an hour and a half. So it's very important to be prepared.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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