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What do you do if your car is stranded?

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Heavy snow falls and icy road conditions are causing vehicles to slide off the road becoming stuck in the snow. And, with below freezing temperatures, motorists should be prepared for the worst.

If your vehicles becomes stuck in the snow, officials say to not panic. While you wait for someone to get to you, there are some things you can do to keep yourself safe.

Local firefighters say carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the biggest things people don't think about.

- Be sure to crack a window to avoid build-up in the car.

- Run your engine and vehicle for short intervals to save gas.

- Periodically check the exhaust pipe to make sure it's clear of snow or debris.

"If you can help it, don't let the car run constantly. Just start it up intermittently to stay warm and when you do start it up make sure the exhaust pipe is clear so the exhaust can get out through the exhaust pipe and so it doesn't back up into the car," said Quincy Firefighter Jerry Smith.

Smith also says to call a tow company if you're not injured. On a snowy day, it may take longer for law enforcement to get out to you.

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