Our team here at Dean’s Robinhood Towing understands that most drivers try their best to drive safely. Building on this idea, no one ever plans on getting their car stuck in a ditch, but we all know unforeseen events can happen, so you are wise to have a plan of what to do if you find yourself in that situation. In this article, we’ll go over what steps you should take in order to keep yourself, your passengers, and your vehicle as safe as possible in the unfortunate event that you find your vehicle stuck in a ditch.
- Assess Safety. The first thing you should do if your car gets stuck in a ditch is assess everyone’s safety, making sure that no one is injured and taking steps to prevent further harm if anyone has been hurt. Put your hazard lights on to alert other drivers to steer clear and put on your parking brake to help prevent the car from rolling further.
- Try to Get Traction. In some circumstances, it may be possible to get your car out of the ditch on your own with a little ingenuity. If your car is stuck in snow or mud, then increasing your tire traction is your best bet of getting out. Don’t remove any weight from your vehicle, as this will decrease traction. Instead, you can pour sand or kitty litter around your tires (assuming you have some or are able to buy some from a gas station within walking distance), or place flattened cardboard boxes or even your floor mats underneath your tires. If none of these solutions work, don’t lose hope–you can still call our team at Dean’s Robinhood Towing to get your car out.
- Call the Pros. Again, if your car is stuck in a ditch and your first few attempts to get it out fail, don’t keep trying. Too many failed attempts can put stress on your vehicle and cause further damage, as well as endangering your safety. Instead, call our team at Dean’s Robinhood Towing to assist you–we have the right skills and equipment to get the car and everyone in it out safely, and without causing any further damage.