What to do when you find yourself stuck in the snow?
Driving out of your work car park that has been carefully looked after by Car Park Gritting Gloucester company http://www.contract-gritting.co.uk and slowly making your way home is much more preferable than leaving your car when you have parked it at home or perhaps after being stuck in traffic for a period of time during a snow storm to find that your car is slipping and sliding all over the place. If you find yourself in the situation where snow has settled around your car overnight can leave you in a bit of a panic. But here are some things you can do to safely remove your car from the snow:
- Don’t panic – the last thing you want to be doing is pushing your accelerator pedal down as hard as you can as you can find that you end up causing your wheels to spin and you can in some cases causes your car to sink down further into the snow.
- Clear your car – one of the first things you should do if your car is surrounded by snow is to remove the now that is covering the area by your exhaust – this is to help prevent the fumes from the car from building up inside the car as the outlet to the exterior is blocked with snow. Once you have cleared this area you can then work your way around the car and clear the snow from around the tyres and also importantly any snow that has built up under the middle section of your car. You should also clear yourself a path in the road or driveway in the direction that you are planning to drive your car.
- When you first start to move your car, it is important that you have the steering wheel as straight as possible as it is easier for the car to gain traction in this position than if the wheel is turned in one direction or another. You should also move away in as a low a gear as possible and accelerate away slowly. If you find that your car is still finding it hard to get traction on the road you can take the car mats out and place them in front of your wheels. Whether you place these in front of your front or rear wheels will depend on whether your car is a front or rear-wheel drive.
One thing you should never do is pour water, either hot or cold over the snow in order to melt it because during freezing temperatures you will simply turn the snow problem into an ice one!