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If Things Go Wrong

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If your vehicle becomes stuck, don’t panic. Don’t continue spinning your tires. Try jacking the drive wheels up and putting solid material under the tires to gain traction. Boards, sticks, rocks, floor mats, vegetation or anything solid may help regain traction.

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If your vehicle won’t go any further, raise the hood. This is a universal distress signal. Next, you will need to decide if you are going to stay with your vehicle or try to walk for help.

Should You Leave Your Vehicle and Go For Help?

You have to make a decision whether to stay with your vehicle or try to walk to safety. Some things to consider before you decide to leave your vehicle and walk out for help include, but are not limited to:

•   Do you know where you are? Can you easily walk to safety or will it be a gamble?
How long will it take and can you easily make it?
•   Your vehicle can provide you with shelter from the heat and cold, and it contains all
your supplies.
•   Your vehicle is much larger than a person, and therefore easier for searchers to find.
•   If you choose to walk out for help, how many supplies can you carry?
•   Do you have enough water? Do you know the shortest route to safety or are you just guessing? Will it take more than one day?
•   Do you have enough water? Do you know the shortest route to safety or are you just guessing? Will it take more than one day?
•   How long will it take to reach help? If you are not in good enough shape to hike out, it could cost you your life.
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What time of day is it? If you decide to leave, do it at the right time. Avoid any activity during the hot part of the day. It could zap your energy and it will cause your body to require more water.

•   Can you still be found? Leave a note with the time, day and direction you are going.
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Will someone report you missing? If someone is likely to report you missing, it might be better to stay with your vehicle. It has all of your supplies. It can provide you shelter and can be an excellent signaling device.

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