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Even Trooper Dan Loussaert of the Iowa State Patrol said it's going to be a rough day when he can't tag a stranded car because the below zero temps keep cracking his plastic tape. 
 
Cold temps in combination with high winds left him and his team a lot of work to do today, but he says their first priority with a stranded car is to get to the passengers. 

"We're out there and we're trying to make sure that we're able to get them to a safe place," said Trooper Dan. "Maybe not be able to fix their problem that they're having right then, but at least be able to get them off of the roadway and to a safe place so they can make arrangements later."

Trooper Dan said often cars have to be left behind on the highway, but he said to make sure you never leave your vehicle before help has arrived.

"You know you we don't want somebody walking because it looks like, oh it's not too far, and all of a sudden it's a couple miles or they walk the better part of a mile and then there's a crick that they weren't aware of and they can't get across it and now they're walking back," said Trooper Dan.

He said hypothermia can set in and make for a life and death situation. 

If you get stranded like this, Trooper Dan said to always call the police, even if you have help coming that isn't the authorities.

"That way if the vehicle is abandoned by the time we get there, we can still tag it or if the person needs help and doesn't have help coming we can go and get them," said Trooper Dan.

Tagging a vehicle lets other troopers know that your car has been checked on and from there they can find out the arrangements for it.