This is a tragic story to read but it holds some valuable information.
Those of us who have to contend with snow may not think about the danger of a plugged tailpipe. It's also common for someone to sit in a car (with
the heat blasting), while someone else clears the snow/ice off the vehicle.
Please clear your exhaust pipe BEFORE the windows!
This article also mentions the death of a 56-year-old man whose car was buried in snow by a passing snow plow.
Please be careful.
Up in Northern ontario, Canada, We get dumped on with a lot of snow. I never truely appreciated what a lot of snow was.
When we lived in Detroit, we would get some snow on the ground and that seemed like a lot.
Up where i am living now, Detroit would be shut down indefinitely from the amount of snow on the ground.
A lot of snow to me now means 4 ft deep or more
I've always taught my family members that, if they go off the road and get stuck in the snow, get out and make sure the exhaust is not blocked in any
way. If we ever have to dig cars out [ not often around here ] I clear the exhaust first, then start the car to warm up while I'm clearing the rest.
Carbon monoxide can easily sneak up on you. You think you're just warm and getting drowsy, then you never wake up.
Damn I was going to post a warning for you guys about the dangers of running your vehicle when it's stuck & your tailpipe is covered.
My truck got stuck a few years ago in the snow and I was with my gf and her son. I'm so glad I remembered the tail pipe thing and didn't run the heat
full blast, and end up filling the truck with carbon monoxide.
We were literally getting into town when we got stuck so we got her son bundled up & we left the truck there to get help which was only a block or two
I'm starting to think that the "one person you could help today" might have been myself.
My partner has never driven, so I'm the one sitting in the car with the heat on while he clears the snow off. I really never think about the tailpipe
being blocked with snow. Not since the years of being in "Super Stealthy Mom Mode".
As he is not a driver, he likely doesn't think of it either.
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