What to Do if Your Car is Stuck in a Ditch

Here at Dean’s Robinhood Towing, we want to help you stay safe on the road, and an important part of that goal is helping you learn how to deal with a variety of emergency situations. We understand that even the most careful of drivers can find themselves in a tough scenario at some point, and our goal is to provide the assistance you need to get out of it as soon as possible. In this article, we’ll go over some advice about what to do if your car is ever stuck in a ditch.

What to Do if Your Car is Stuck in a Ditch

Check Your Safety

The first thing that you should do after getting stuck in a ditch is check your condition, and the condition of everyone else in the vehicle, to ensure that no one is injured. Put on your hazard lights to alert other drivers of the danger and put on your parking brake to help prevent the car from slipping further down.

Increase Traction

In many cases, the reason behind a car getting stuck in a ditch is that it slipped on snowy or muddy ground. If this is the case for you, your next priority should be to try to get some traction for your vehicle so that you can get moving again. One way to do this is by pouring sand or cat litter around your tires, but if you don’t have any on hand (as is likely the case) and can’t walk to a gas station to look for some, you can instead place flattened cardboard boxes or even your floor mats under the tires. Put the mats under the rear wheels for a rear-wheel drive car, and under the front ones for four-wheel drive.

Call for Help

If the above method doesn’t work, you should call a tow truck to give you the assistance you need. Our team provides 24-hour towing services, and we are always ready to help a driver in need.