One of the worst places to be caught when the bitter cold temps set in is stranded in your broken down car.
More than 20 thousand drivers end up stuck on the side of Ohio roadways every winter and are helped by the State Highway Patrol.
OSHP checks both Interstate 70 and 470, as well as Route 7 and Route 9, every 1 or 2 hours in the winter for stranded drivers.
Lt. James Faunda says to dial #677 on your cell phone if you find yourself stranded on the side of the road in bitter cold temperatures, and the nearest OSHP post will assist you.
If you find yourself in that type of situation, do not leave your car to get help.
“During the winter months when temperatures are at zero, if you become disabled, do not leave your vehicle. With the frigid temperatures, it doesn’t take long for a loss of body heat and hypothermia to set in,” said Faunda.
It is always a good idea to keep a breakdown kit in your car in case of an emergency. Those kits should include a blanket, water supply, and snacks to eat.