Rain and motor oil makes for slippery roads. So do bald tires, low tire pressure, reckless drivers, and several other types of inclement weather conditions. Overall, there are many reasons why car wind up in ditches. If you just drove your car into a ditch, there is no need to worry. You have several options to choose from, all of which will help to ensure your safety, protect your vehicle, and get you back on the road again. Continue reading to learn what you can do to get your car out of that ditch!
Ensure Your Safety
Even though you are on the side of the road, you are still vulnerable. So the very first task you have after driving into a ditch is ensuring your safety and the safety of your passengers if you have any. Do this by first by turning off your ignition and putting your hazard lights on. Next, you will need to also put your parking brake on to prevent sliding down further into the recession. If you are in a high-traffic area or on a dangerous roadway, you should contact police and inform them of your accident so they can help block traffic.
Adjust Your Car’s Weight
If your vehicle was not damaged, you might be able to drive it out of the ditch yourself. Do this by adjusting your vehicle’s weight. If you have heavy items in the backseat or trunk, get rid of them temporarily. This includes all passengers. Just be sure they are safe and far from the side of the road. A lighter load can help your car get out. Also be sure to remove your parking brake before trying to drive out. If you are stuck in snow or mud, you will actually need the extra weight to gain traction. This brings us to your next option.
Get Some Traction
Your car is stuck because it lacks a sufficient amount of traction to grab the ground and propel itself out. To remedy this problem, find some traction. If you have rear wheel drive, place something that will provide traction behind the rear tires. If you have front wheel drive, place these items in front of the front tires. Items that may work include carpet mats, sand, cardboard, clothing, and blankets.
Call the Professionals
It is pointless to try over and over again if your car is stuck. After a few attempts, if you are not successful, it is time to contact a local roadside assistance or towing company. They have the proper equipment to safely pull your car out of a ditch. They operate on a 24 hour basis, and can respond to your location quickly because they are dispatched from the road. Their rates are fair as long as you choose a reputable and experienced towing service.