“Extreme situations always sound crazy – until you’re in one.”
Driving in remote places in triple digit temperatures and your car breaks down.
Apparently a person can survive up to 48 hours in a hot climate without water. The secret is limiting evaporation. Covering up with clothing helps hold the body moisture. Don’t be exposing the skin with skimpy tops and shorts.
a. If you know you will be traveling in hot harsh conditions carry at least 2 gallons of water per person per day as well as some salty snacks to replace the salt you may lose during sweating. I have a friend that always carry’s a two gallon container in her car where ever she goes as you never know when you may get caught in a traffic jam in very hot conditions on the highway where there is no where to get off the road.
A golf umbrella in the trunk is also a good idea for instant shade. If you are hiking let someone know where you are going and for how long.
b. Check your tires – Check them before you leave to make sure they are at the right pressure. If the air is 100 degrees, the pavement can be between 180 and 200 degrees. Blowouts are common.
c. Stay with your vehicle – Your car is your survival kit. It is easier to spot a car than a person from above. The car also provides shelter and shade and you can always use the horn and lights for signaling . Keep the doors open for ventilation and lift te hood of the car so someone can see your are in strife.
d. Get off the ground – The ground will be extremely hot. If you have to be outside in the heat use a chair if you have one in the trunk or use one of the seats.