If you have ever driven in the Midwest during the winter, odds are that you have been stuck at one point or another. Snow and ice make it especially difficult to get any traction, especially if you don’t have the proper equipment. We’ve put together a post on how to prevent getting stuck in the snow.
Firstly, according to Forbes, you need to make sure you’re prepared. While it is true you never know when you might get stuck, it is always good to have a shovel, some salt or cat litter, and an emergency roadside kit. Remove snow from behind the tires (specifically, the ones that receive power from the engine), throw some salt/cat litter underneath your tires and try rocking out of place by tapping the accelerator. If worst comes to worst, buckle down, call for help, and bundle up.
Don’t be conceited. Sure, you might have a large 4×4 truck, but that doesn’t mean you are incapable of getting stuck, or crashing for that matter. While four-wheel or all-wheel drive can help you accelerate in the snow, if it is bad enough you can still get stuck. Plus, four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive do not necessarily increase handling, so sliding and crashing are still serious possibilities.
Keep your car maintained. Winter tires are a great idea, as they come with special rubber compounds that can withstand cold weather, as well as special tread. Keep your fluids topped off, and fill your windshield washer reservoir with de-icer solution. Get new wipers if possible.
Finally, don’t drive if it is not absolutely necessity; you cannot get stuck if you don’t drive. Monitor weather reports, and when possible, stay indoors during storms.