How To Survive A Blizzard By Dismantling Your Car

By Sarah Fecht

Survival tips from the Popular Science archives

Winter is coming to the Northeast. As the potentially ‘crippling and historic’ blizzard threatens to dump several feet of snow from Washington, D.C. to Maine, we turned to the Popular Science archives for advice.

In February 1963, the magazine gave some helpful hints on how to survive if a blizzard traps you in your car. Most of these involved dismantling your vehicle and wearing the pieces, including:

Fill a hubcap with gas by disconnecting the fuel line at the carburetor and pressing the starter. Dump the gas on the tire to start a long-lasting and bright signal fire.

While we don’t recommend lighting things on fire, maybe some of those other tips could turn out to be helpful. Who knows? And now for some 21st-century advice:

But the best advice, really, is to avoid driving in a blizzard in the first place. Stay safe everyone!