5 Steps for Getting Your
Car Unstuck in the Snow
This past weekend I was driving home from New Hampshire when it began to snow. Considering that I drive a small convertible and still had 60 miles left on my drive home, I began to get nervous. After last winter, I should be a professional snow driver. However, it had been a whole year since I had driven in the snow. I kept wondering what I would do if my car got stuck in the snow?
When I finally made it home safely, I decided that it might be a good idea to research what to do if your car gets stuck in the snow, just in case next time I’m not so lucky. Based on my research, I compiled these tips for all of us uncertain New England drivers.
1. Clear a path around the tires:
Completely dig out around the tires creating a path. (Please make sure your car is in park with the emergency brake on when you are digging around your tires!) It is smart to carry a small shovel in your car. If you do not have a shovel, use your hands or even a piece of wood will work. While you are clearing the area around your tires, it is always important to make sure that the tailpipe is cleared and not clogged with snow. A clogged tailpipe could result in deadly gasses building up inside your vehicle.
Ideally, you would have kitty litter or sand in your car to create traction under your tires. If you have kitty litter or sand, sprinkle behind and in front of your tires. If you don’t have sand, gather twigs, find cardboard or in a total pinch use your floor mats. (Be aware this may destroy your floor mats.) If you have front wheel drive, place the object in front of your tires. If you have rear wheel drive, place it behind them.
3.Soften the Tires:
Letting a little air out actually softens your tires so they can grab better. 5 or 10 lbs. should do the trick. All you have to do to release air from the tires is to unscrew the cap and push the little button down with your finger.
4.Straighten your wheel:
Once your wheel is straight, apply gentle pressure on the gas while lightly tapping the brake pedal. If the wheels start spinning, stop! Place the car in reverse and gently reverse before attempting to drive forward again. DO NOT GUN IT! Hitting the gas too hard with hot tires will force the snow to melt, digging you in deeper. Continue to reverse and drive forward until you are un-stuck. This should free your vehicle!
5.If all else fails… call for back-up.
If you try these steps and are still stuck, call a local towing company to help you out! Depending on your auto insurance, you may also have some towing coverage available on your policy, so feel free to give us a call at 401-723-8510 and we can check that out for you!
So good luck out there! I hope these steps help and drive safe!
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