Emergency: How to Get Your Car Out of a Snowbank
A stuck car can lead to a whole new set of problems. With these tips, you can make sure you’re always ready to move.
Slippery road conditions can detour your vehicle smack-dab into a snowbank. When this happens, it can be tough to drive away. Follow these steps for freeing your car:
- To clear snow away from the tires, turn the steering wheel from side to side or dig out with a shovel. (Keep a shovel in your trunk during winter months.)
- Next, rock the vehicle, shifting from forward to reverse and back again. (Check your owner’s manual first; this technique can damage some transmissions.)
- When rocking the vehicle, avoid spinning the wheels—this could dig the car deeper. Instead ease forward and backward by keeping a light touch on the gas.
- If you can’t move the car, call for aid. Clear your exhaust pipe of ice and snow. Then, crack your windows to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only run your engine about 10 minutes every hour. Stay inside unless help is nearby or you know exactly where you’re headed.