You’ve prepared your car for winter and you’re a stickler for safe winter driving. Unfortunately, getting stuck in snow or on an icy street is still a real possibility; read our tips for getting unstuck.
Living in Ontario and getting your car stuck in snow are two things that go hand in hand. We have a few tips for you to use when that inevitable day comes this winter season!
The “Get Your Car Unstuck from Snow” Survival Guide
1 | Don’t Panic
When stuck in snow stay calm - do not worry, you will get unstuck! If it is safe and possible, get out of your car to get an idea of the situation you’re dealing with. Then if necessary, call for help.
2 | Be Light on the Gas Pedal
Whether you are stuck in a ditch or at the end of your driveway slamming your gas pedal to try and power through the snow won’t help. It is best to gradually press the gas pedal and finesse your way out of the situation allowing your tires to gain more traction.
3 | Turn Off Traction Control
As odd as this sounds using traction control may inhibit the power your wheels need to get out of the snow you are stuck in. So, remember to turn it off.
4| Get Creative
If possible, sprinkle sand, salt, or stones around your tires. This will create traction and aid you in getting out of the snow. After you are free from the snow, especially deep snow, make sure your tailpipe is clear to prevent the build-up of gases inside your car. Also, a collapsible shovel in the trunk of your car will come in handy should you need to dig out.