How To: Get your Car Out of a Slippery Situation

carstuckKnowing how to handle winter weather conditions is important when it comes to driving in Wisconsin. Today, we want to guide you through the basics of getting your car-unstuck if you ever find yourself in a slippery situation.

When it comes to getting your car free from snow, there are several ways you can go about it. For starters, you should stay calm. Panicking will only make things worse, especially if you have kids in the car or if you are running late.

  • Make sure not to spin your tires if you are stuck. This will just make the tires dig deeper in the snow.
  • Shift your car into the lowest gear and then try to back up as slowly as possible.  Now, stop and move forward slowly. This will hopefully create a rocking motion that will help gain traction.
  • You can also try turning your steering wheel, then slowly back up, and slowly move forward.
  • Try to find materials that will help increase traction. This can include salt, kitty litter, sand, or pieces of cardboard. You can also use your car’s floor mats by laying them down behind the tires that are stuck.
  • If none of the above tactics work, get out of your car with your safety brake on. Try to dig out the snow around the buried tires, make sure you are keeping a small shovel in your car. Try putting down some salt or sand after your dig out. Now try backing out.

We want you to stay safe this winter and hope these tips are helpful. Remember to insure your car with an auto policy put together by a local agent here at Community Insurance. We will make sure you get all of the coverage you need and help you find a great price.

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