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Stuck on the road with no working phone? This tip can get you help from emergency responders

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Jan 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-15 11:19:56-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Your car gets stuck in snow, nobody is around and your cell phone is dead. What do you do?

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Give up yet? The answer is tie a brightly-colored piece of cloth, like part of a shirt, blanket or anything you can find in your car. The cloth can help any emergency responders see your vehicle when it's dark or when visibility is low.

That was one of the tips offered by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to make sure you stay safe in case your vehicle gets stuck in snow this season.

More of the tips: 

  • Do not leave the car
  • Run the engine for 10 minutes each hour to stay warm. 
  • If your cell phone is dead, or one isn't available, tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see. 
  • Keep your exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If you absolutely must leave your vehicle, tie a line of rope to avoid becoming lost or disoriented. 

MORE WINTER WEATHER TIPS | Forget how to drive in the snow? | How to drive in snowy weather, in emojis

It's important to keep some emergency supplies in your car, to make sure you can stay safe in case the worst happens. Those can include blankets, water and non-perishable food, a flashlight, a shovel, flares and jumper cables.

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