Wpg Free Press: Stranded in car? Stay put, expert says
Gordon Giesbrecht, a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, has in various media reports this weekend sharing his latest bit of survival advice: stay with your car.
As the Winnipeg Free Press reports:
“Stay in your vehicle no matter what. Someone is going to come by,” said Giesbrecht, a professor of thermophysiology at the University of Manitoba.
On Saturday, Giesbrecht led training sessions in Winnipeg for various search and rescue personnel. It is part of a series, called Baby it’s Cold Outside, being held across Canada, with a different focus at each. In Manitoba, training concentrates on the “stranded-vehicle scenario” and lost hunters. Ontario training sessions deal with stranded snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. In Alberta, training deals with avalanches and mountain-side rescues.
Staying with your vehicle is the correct answer when it stalls or slides into a ditch, but many people don’t follow that rule.
“What is it that forces people to leave a perfectly good shelter?” asked Giesbrecht.
“They think help is closer than it is, and they think they can get farther than they can.”