Driving in the winter presents many hazards and getting stuck in a snowdrift is a common one. If you find yourself in this situation, the first thing to do is to try to get out. The key is to help your tires gain traction. Sprinkle sand, salt, kitty litter or even small pieces of crunchy food around your powered tires, which depends on if your car is front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. Sometimes even the rubber underside of your floor mats can work. You may also want to shovel snow out from around your tires if it’s built-up.
Get back in your car and, if possible, apply weight over the drive tires to help them connect with the ground. Step on the accelerator very gently and try to get your tires to grip the ground. It sometimes helps to rock the car in order to create some momentum. Most cars will be able to be freed, however, some cars get really stuck and you may have to call for help and wait until it arrives. Because of this possibility, especially in very cold climates, it’s important to keep an emergency supply kit in your car.
Include the following items:
- Non-perishable, protein-rich food and bottled water
- Cell phone and charger
- Sturdy boots and gloves
- Snow shovel
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Portable weather radio
- Salt, sand or kitty litter
- Jumper cables
- Tow rope
- Road flares
- Books, magazines or another form of entertainment
If you do get stuck for a lengthy period of time, the best thing to do is stay inside of your car. It may still be freezing, but it will block the wind and protect you from falling snow and ice. Use the supplies in your emergency kit and hunker down until help comes to tow you out.
Stay road safe all winter long. Call Bryan Insurance Agency at (888) 565-2212 for more information on Long Island auto insurance.