Emergency procedures

Basic automobile parts can help save a stranded motorist. Put these automotive parts to good use in an emergency:

  • A hubcap or sun visor can be substituted for a shovel.
  • Seat covers can be used as a blanket.
  • Floor mats can be used to shut out the wind.
  • Engine oil burned in a hubcap creates a smoke signal visible for miles.
  • A car horn can be heard as far as a mile downwind. Three long blasts, ten seconds apart, every 30 minutes, is a standard distress signal.
  • A rear-view mirror can be removed and used as a signaling device.
  • Burn a tire for a signal or for warmth. Release the air pressure and use gasoline or oil for a means to ignite it.


Published 11-23-2012