What to do if your car gets stuck in a snow bank

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Snow piles line the city streets where the snow plows have cleared the roads. If you lose control of your car you could end up in one of those piles, or in a ditch. We wanted to find out what you should do to get out of this type of situation.

Ron Short usually rescues big rigs. On Monday, he helped us get our Ford out of a snow bank.

"First I would get out and look and make sure I'm not stuck in a hole. If not, I'd try to get back in and rock my car back and forth from reverse to drive," said Short.

The car didn't move.

So he suggested clearing the front tires and trying again.

"Just go backwards and see if you can just go backwards," said Short.

That didn't work either.

That's when you call a friend with muscles - so they can help you push the car.

But that didn't work either.

It's time to call for help.

Short got out the chains.

While waiting, stay in your car, even if it doesn't run.

With temps below freezing every second of exposure matters.

It took Short a chain, a truck and 20 minutes in the freezing cold to get the car free.


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