Stuck in a Snowdrift? Here’s What to Do

If you’re stuck in a snowdrift and don’t know what to do, you’ll be glad to know that you’re not alone. It’s a fact that many of us have experienced at least one snowy woe in our time. This can be especially true if you live in a rural locale where you’re stuck inside of your own home for days on end. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks you can employ to get you out of your predicament.

First, if you’re driving a four-wheel drive vehicle, be sure to check your manufacturer’s specifications for maximum tire tread depth, and a proper air pressure. In the event you need to plow through the aforementioned white stuff, make sure to leave the car’s engine in park and grab a shovel to remove the accumulated snow. You may also want to keep a spare set of wheels on hand. The car may not be the most comfortable thing in your pocket, but if it’s a matter of life or death, you don’t want to risk the consequences.

Second, you’ll need to get your mind out of the gutter, and that means you’ll need to take a breather. The best place to do it is a secluded area away from the mainline. However, if that’s not possible, consider taking a break in the middle of the night, or better yet, on a day off. During that time, it’s a good idea to keep a few other items on hand to boost your morale. A good rule of thumb is to have at least two people per vehicle. Not only will this help ensure that everyone gets to their destination in a timely fashion, but it will also help you avoid the dreaded “road rage.”

Finally, make sure to get a little exercise as well. It’s all too easy to stay in the driver’s seat and not move a muscle. Keep a few fitness gadgets on hand such as fitness watches and gym gloves, as well as a few pedometers for tracking your daily step count.