Car travel safety: what to do if you're stranded? Talk amongst yourselves.
Merlin of 43Folders has started a fascinating discussion about the ingenuity of Kati Kim, who, with her two children, managed to survive nine snowy days stranded in their car with little food. (James Kim, the father, is still missing and a massive search is underway to find him.)
Parent hacking of the highest order -- keeping your children alive in a perilous situation like this. Kati nourished both her children by nursing them. She burned the car's tires for warmth and light (something I never would have thought to do, or perhaps I would have given the dire necessity.) I'm sure there are many more invisible acts of heroism we could list if we were able to talk to Kati right now.
This brings up the question: how do we stay safe during winter road trips? An obvious place to start: a car emergency kit. I also think it's imperative to give those Google maps/GPS instructions a reality check -- not all roads are created equal. The search for Kati and her children was aided by two cell phone operators who thought to send her cell phone a text message, then identify which cell phone tower was nearest.
Any other wisdom to share?
My heart goes out to the Kim family...I'm sending all my good thoughts for James's quick recovery.
UPDATE: I'm sorry to say that James's body was found earlier today. My deepest condolences to Kati Kim and her children, and to all of their friends and family.