No matter how safe of a driver you are, we all get stuck in the powder now and then.
Here are a few tips on getting unstuck:
- Don’t Spin your tires
- This will only dig you in deeper, and damage your tires. If you do this very quickly, and at high RPM’s, you run the risk of overheating the transmission, and catching your car on fire. As soon as the drive wheels begin to spin, ease off the gas.
- Slowly try to gain traction
- Put the car in gear, and SLOWLY press the accelerator. We’re trying to grip the tires, starting too fast will cause them to spin. Try to “rock” the car back and forth, switching between Reverse and Drive
- Start Digging
- If you’re still stuck, you’ll need to try to physically remove some of the snow or slush from around the tires that’s causing to spin.
- Macgyver Time!
- Put old cardboard or floor mats if you have to, in front of and behind tires to try to give you more traction. Slowly inch back and forth again.
- Keep a shovel in your trunk. If space is an issue, try a folding shovel
- Dig around the car’s tailpipe if it’s under snow to prevent poisonous gasses from coming into the cabin.
Safe travels everyone!!