Cars get stuck in snow all the time in Alberta. During the winter months City Wide Towing receives many calls when people just can’t get their vehicles out of the snow. We want to give you details on how you can avoid being stuck in snow (and sand and mud) and get on your way even in the worst conditions. It’s always important to remember to drive with caution in the winter. Even if you think the roads are fine, black ice can sneak up. So to avoid most cases of incidents on the road remember to slow down and be watchful of your surroundings.
There are many ways a vehicle can get stuck in snow. Perhaps you parked somewhere and a blizzard happened overnight, or maybe it was easy to get where you are but getting out is another story. Instead of having to call a tow truck to pull you out, there are a few things you should know.
Inspect The Path Ahead
More often than not, being stuck in snow occurs when a driver cannot clearly see the danger ahead. It could be that snow is covering a pothole, or it’s deeper than it looks. Whatever the reason, it’s of utmost importance to be aware of what you’re driving into.
Keep Momentum Going
Once you’re in the snow, it’s important to keep the momentum of the vehicle going. Someone once said “as long as your vehicle can rock a little bit, you’re not stuck.” So try not to stop dead because it might be the difference between being stuck in snow and being free to drive to your heart’s content.
Getting Out Of The Situation
If you’re trying to move in any direction but all you’re getting is tire spinning stop immediately. The worst thing you can do is dig yourself in further which is exactly what you’re doing in this circumstance. Once you realize you’re tire spinning, you can analyze your situation. Here’s the best way to deal with a situation like this:
- Notice you’re spinning your tires and stop using your gas pedal
- Use your brakes to shimmy out of the spot, i.e. engage the gas pedal, then apply your brakes and repeat
- Repeat this until your vehicle gains more movement, or becomes unstuck!
If this doesn’t work you might have spun yourself into a very tricky situation. Try to keep the rocking going, but sometimes it can be a tireless operation.
A shovel in the back of your vehicle can do wonders if you’re worried about getting stuck. There is always the option to dig yourself out manually. Remember to always pack a vehicle emergency kit with at least a flashlight, and a blanket. When you get stuck you will want to keep warm – especially in snowy conditions.