Ran into a friend of mine today and we had a chance to chat. Her husband, daughter, and herself, almost froze to death. They were on a hundred mile trip, mostly on isolated back roads. The heater in the car failed. At the same time, they were having engine problems. They came very close to being stranded in the middle of nowhere, during subzero weather.
They piled their coats on the little girl to keep her warm. Both parents were in the early stages of hypothermia by the time they got back to civilization. It could have been worse. Winter coats were almost left behind as they are big and bulky. Once the car warms up, big coats are only in the way. People get used to relying on their vehicle's heater -a serious mistake.
In normal day to day travel, my truck has four space blankets, two emergency shelters, and three ways of making fire. On a trip like my friends took, I'd also add a couple winter rated sleeping bags, extra water, and a thermos of coffee. Always insisted my family members "dress like you'll have to walk home." You never know.
Technology fails. You don't have to.
Before all you warm climate people get too smug. How often do you rely on your car's AC? Do you have sensible warm weather clothes? Good walking shoes? Plenty of water? Getting stranded in triple digit temps dress in a suit and without water is no fun either.
Ask yourself how you'd do if you had to walk the distance you can drive in a half hour.
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