I was going to write a post about staying safe in the snow here in Bulgaria this morning, but then one of my great friends, Ian Greenwood, who also lives here in this beautiful country, posted this on Facebook, so instead of writing a new post repeating his advice and knowledge, I thought I would cheat and copy/paste it here for everyone:
“Hello peeps , last year I posted some info on winter driving survival , but I cannot find it so i will try and remember it . .
The first point is , if you do not have to go out in this weather , DON”T! , stay at home and keep warm . . .It’s really not wise to go out at all unless you have a 4 x 4 – and know how to use it – even then you can get stuck… If the road is blocked by stranded cars you can’t drive over them and oftentimes you can’t drive around them either . . .
If you do have to go out make sure you are dressed for a walk in the snow, have a warm sleeping bag and a flask with a hot drink in, carry a shovel in the car and have a strong tow rope, even if your car is not capable of pulling another vehicle out of the snow you should have a rope so somebody can pull you out if they stop to help , they might not have one . . .
Make sure you have a mobile phone that’s charged up and a car charger for it.
If you are making a journey make sure somebody knows where you are going, the route you are taking and when you are expected to get there . . .
If the worst happens and you get stuck in deep snow there are three main rules:
1.. stay with your car
2.. stay with your car
3 ..stay with your car . . .
The reason is this: a car is much easier to find than a person who has wandered off from the car and fallen in the snow and got covered . . . the car will provide shelter and you can run the engine to keep warm. Do though make sure that if the snow is deep you clear a space around the exhaust outlet or you risk getting dangerous fumes in the car . . .
Bulgaria is not Siberia, so its not likely you will be stranded for long, but you can survive for quite a long time if you are warm enough and have something to drink . . .
My last night in a car was during a trip to Poland from Moscow, I took a road that turned out to be cleared only halfway along and while attempting to turn around my two wheel drive car got stuck, the nearest village was several miles back and it was getting dark so i got in my sleeping bag and spent a warm night there . . .
Some years ago I used to take part in severe off road competitions in Ladoga, Russia where doing the right things could mean the difference between life and death . . .Drive safely everyone . . . but only if you have to” . . . Ian GreenwoodLiving