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Tip No: 23 - Getting Unstuck
If you get stuck in the snow and you are in a fairly safe area, dig the snow away from all the wheels. Work slowly and don't over exert yourself.

Put traction pads or pieces of carpeting, or scraps of cardboard under both drive wheels.

Spread sand, rock salt, ashes or kitty litter under the tires. Then gently, keeping your wheels straight, rock the car back and forth by changing from forward to reverse, increasing the distance traveled with each rock. Use gentle accelerator pressure. If your car is automatic, brake when shifting from drive to reverse or vice versa, to avoid damaging the transmission. If you are stranded try to make the vehicle as visible as possible, using flares, emergency flashers or even a scarf or piece of cloth tied to the aerial.

Stay inside your vehicle. It's the safest and warmest place. Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour but keep a window partially open for ventilation. Check to make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked with snow. Deadly carbon monoxide from the exhaust is odorless.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
  6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
  8-Backing Up
  9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
  13-Regular Maintenance
  14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
  16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
  19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
  21-The Survival Kit
  22-Winter Driving
23-Getting Unstuck
  24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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