3 Ways to Get Your Car Out of the Snow
Driving in winter can be challenging, and sometimes even the most experienced drivers may find themselves stuck in the snow. But fear not! We have compiled a list of three practical methods to help you get your car out of the snow and back on your way.
1. Rocking the Car
Before trying this method, check your owner’s manual as some manufacturers advise against rocking due to potential transmission damage. To rock your car, follow these steps:
- Clear away snow from around your tires and ensure that there is no snow obstructing your vehicle’s exhaust.
- Start by gently accelerating forward, then shifting into reverse and applying gentle gas again.
- Continue alternating between forward and reverse to build momentum and gradually move out of the rut.
- If you’re struggling to gain traction, try turning the steering wheel slightly from side to side while rocking the car.
2. Use Traction Aids
Traction aids are effective tools that can increase grip between your tires and the slippery road surface. Some popular traction aids include:
a) Sand: Spread sand in front of (or behind) your drive wheels to provide more traction and encourage movement.
b) Kitty Litter: This common household item can also improve traction when sprinkled around your tires.
c) Tire Chains: Installing tire chains can temporarily improve grip for vehicles stuck in deep snow, icy conditions, or steep terrain.
3. Call for Help or Utilize a Vehicle Recovery Strap
If rocking and traction aids are not enough, turn to human power or mechanical help:
- Ask nearby pedestrians or motorists to help push your vehicle out of the rut while someone steers or nudges the accelerator.
- Use a vehicle recovery strap with another appropriately sized vehicle nearby who can attempt to pull you out (on flat ground). Make sure both vehicles’ owners understand how to use recovery straps safely.
When driving in wintery conditions, consider planning ahead and carrying traction aids or a recovery strap to help you quickly handle unexpected situations. Above all else, practice safe driving strategies such as slowing down, increasing following distance, and avoiding sudden acceleration, which can help prevent your vehicle from getting stuck in the snow in the first place.