MAZDA Service Tips: Getting Stuck in Snow
While snow is certainly pretty to look at, it’s different when you are driving. Driving in the snow can be dangerous, particularly if you slip off the road. If you find yourself stuck in the snow, follow these tips from our Mazda service technicians at Medlin Mazda.
If possible, it’s always best to be prepared. There are a few things you can do now that will certainly help if you have to drive in the snow. Check the tread on your tires. Winter tires should have at least 5/32 of an inch for adequate traction. You also want to make sure you have emergency supplies in your vehicle.
- Snow shovel
- Kitty litter (or sand)
- Emergency kit
Clear a Path
If you are stuck, try your best to clear a path for your vehicle. Dig out the snow in front of and behind your tires, at least a few feet. You also want to clear any snow under your vehicle that’s higher than its ground clearance. Then, you want to put down a generous amount of kitty litter or sand, which can create the traction you need.
Try Driving Back-and-Forth
Roll down your windows so that you can hear your vehicle. Start by slowly driving forward and then reversing. Make sure you don’t rev your engine. If your tires are spinning, stop immediately. Keep continuously moving back and forth to try and work your vehicle free.
Our number one priority is your safety. If you have to get out in inclement weather, please drive with caution. As an added precaution, our trained technicians at our Wilson, NC Mazda dealership can also help ensure your vehicle is equipped for snow. Reach out to our team to schedule an appointment today!