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Winter Driving Tip: What To Do If You Get Stuck In The Snow

November 26th, 2013  |  Insurance

One of the real possibilities that you are faced with when driving this winter season is getting stuck in the snow. It happens to drivers all the time and you can often get out of your predicament quickly if you are prepared.

Here is what you need to do if you get stuck in the snow this year:

  1. Assess the situation: Before attempting anything, it is important that you see what you are up against. Often times, all you will need is a push and you will be on your way.
  2. Rock out: The first thing to try if you are stuck is to rock back and forth by switching from drive and reverse. Down gear, keep the wheel straight, and try this for a minute or two.
  3. Dig: If rocking out doesn’t work, then it’s time to dig. Hopefully you are prepared and have a small shovel in your trunk. Dig a path.
  4. Add traction: If the path is too slippery, you will need to add some traction. One of the most effective ways to do this is to lay down some cat litter. If you don’t have this, try your floor mats or anything else in your car that you think will help.
  5. Call for a pull: If all else fails, call roadside assistance for help getting out. While it will cost you a few bucks, they will definitely be able to get you out.

What do you do to prepare yourself for this situation? What advice can you offer to other drivers that get stuck in the snow?

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