Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. Either by mistake, or having to much fun, we’ve all ended up stuck in a pile of snow. Aside from trying to dig yourself out with that left over pizza box in trunk, here are our top three tricks to get your stuck car out of the snow.
- Floor mats. Find which wheel is spinning, and remove as much snow from around the wheel as you can. Place one of your floor mats in front of, or behind the wheel depending which direction you are trying to move. Slowly rock your car with the throttle until you feel it move, and use the added traction from the floor matt to get your self unstuck.
- Kitty litter. Maybe you’re on your way back from Petco when a spontaneous blizzard starts to drop 4″ of snow an hour, or maybe you should keep a small container of kitty litter in the trunk of your car. Either way, the grittiness of kitty litter, as well as some of the materials help melt snow. In turn, a quick, and easy way to get your stuck car free from snow.
- Lower your tire pressure. When you’re stuck, you can easily let some air out of your tires which causes them to deflate. In turn, this causes the contact area of the tire to enlarge and can easily help you escape that snow bank you found. Avoid dropping tire pressures below 15 psi, and just remember to stop at a gas station and fill your tires up after.
Did you know?
Antifreeze / Coolant breaks down after time, and during these frigid temperatures, anti freeze that has not been taken care of can actually damage your car. During these last couple months of winter, make sure your car is topped off with some fresh antifreeze / coolant, and avoid a very costly mistake.
About The Author: Ian Carr
Ian Carr is an avid Volvo enthusiast and long time FCP Euro customer. He recently picked up his 2009 Volvo C30 after spending 5 years with his beloved 1999 S70 T5. So far he has truly enjoyed the change and has done some simple modifications including the Polestar tune, cat-less down pipe and he is continuously exploring wheel and tires options. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org