At Ourisman Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM-Bowie, we want you to feel secure and safe in your Jeep vehicle. This means knowing what to do in some difficult situations, which can go beyond just regular Jeep service.

To that end, here’s a look at what do if you get stuck in the snow.

Don’t Panic

Spend any amount of time in rain or snow country, it’s bound to happen: you wake up to find that an overnight blow has snowed your car in right where it is. Don’t panic, even if you’re used to it.

Assuming you don’t have a snow shovel, here first:

Turn Off Traction Control & Dig Out the Tires

With all-wheel drive or front or rear-wheel drive powertrains, you’ll need traction to get unstuck. Turn off your traction control system before you get started on the tires.

If you don’t have a shovel around, use whatever you have to dig a path around the front, back, and as far underneath as you can. Dig snow out of the tailpipe, use a screwdriver or a similar tool to break up any ice that might have formed below the tires.

Forward & Back

If your tires are just spinning in the snow, try rocking it in the grooves by shifting from drive to reverse, little by little, until you get some traction.

Turn the wheels back and forth as you do this. Don’t brake too much and overheat them.

Sand, Kitty Litter, or Cardboard

Add some makeshift traction by spreading sand or kitty litter underneath. You can also use cardboard, plywood, or even your car’s floor mats to try and build traction. Make sure you know when to call in the experts. If you can’t seem to make any progress, call for a towing service to get you unstuck. Repeated tries can spell trouble for both your tires and your engine.

For more tips on how to get yourself out of these tough spots, contact Ourisman Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM-Bowie.