What to do if you or someone you know abandoned a vehicle

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Roadways in many parts of the state are still littered with empty vehicles after many drivers opted to abandon their cars Wednesday.

The Colorado Springs Police Department tweeted the following information for drivers Thursday afternoon:


A police lieutenant told 11 News that police went one by one to every car to check that no one was inside. Each car was marked with crime tape to let other officers know it had been checked.

The city of Colorado Springs provided the following guidelines on what to do if you ever find yourself stranded:

- Try to move the vehicle to the side of the road if possible.

- Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio antenna or window.

- Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Do not try to walk to safety unless help is visible within 100 yards. You could become disoriented in blowing snow.

- Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm.

- Protect yourself from possible carbon monoxide poisoning by opening a downwind window slightly while your vehicle is running. Periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe.

- Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion.

- Huddle with passengers and use your coat, blanket, road maps, seat covers, and floor mats for warmth.

- Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.

- Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.

- Conserve car battery power by balancing the use of lights, heat, and radio with supply.

- Call attention by tying a brightly colored cloth to the antenna and raise the hood to alert rescuers. Turn on vehicle light at night.

- Keep one window slightly open to let in fresh air. Use a window that is opposite the direction the wind is blowing.