Last updated on March 20th, 2018 at 08:42 am
From snow blowing the walkway to shoveling a path for the dog, the day after a snowstorm can be challenging. But nothing can be more frustrating than trying to dig your car out of a parking spot after the snowplows have gone by. Before you venture out and begin digging, check out these helpful tips for getting a car out of the snow.
Clear the Tailpipe
Before you start your car, make sure the tailpipe is free and clear of snow. A blocked exhaust pipe can lead to a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide.
Clean Your Car
If your car was plowed in after a snowfall, chances are your car is also covered in snow. Before you do anything to free your vehicle, make sure to remove all ice and snow from it.
Dig Away What You Can
If your winter car emergency kit includes a shovel, put it to work! Clear the snow and ice away from the area around your tires and make a path for your car out of the snow.
At this point, it’s worth a shot. Make sure you have enough clearance to drive safely out of your spot. Keep your wheels as straight as possible, so they don’t slip when turning.
Try salt, kitty litter or sand to give your car more traction if it begins slipping. And while you’re at it, leave some in the back of your car in case you’re ever stuck in a rut while out and about.
This tip requires some advance preparation on your part. There are some nifty gadgets out there that may help if snow and ice have immobilized your car. Snow socks and ZipGrips are just a few devices available. Make sure to follow all instructions for using these products, and if you have experience with these devices, let us know in the comments.
If you’re trying to drive out (not reverse out), place your floor mats, treads down, underneath and in front if the tires that are slipping. While your mats may be dirty afterwards, it could be the key to helping you out of a slippery spot!
Once you’re free, here are 11 quick tips for driving in the snow that can be incredibly helpful.
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