Snow Trick

Like all the poor people who went through this yesterday, I could not get my car out of my parking spot yesterday morning. I slashed away at the snow in front of my tires and wrangled a neighbour into helping me push the tin can. My neighbour shook his head and said I need to find three men who could push my car. I looked up and down the empty street and realized my man-finding prospects were dim. The neighbour suggested I find an ice pick and chip away at the five-centimetres of ice underneath my tires. One very strained arm later, I gave up.

Surely there’s got to be a trick that uses brains instead of brawn, I thought. A quick phone survey of friends and family came up with the easiest of solutions.

Courtesy of Matt, here’s the little trick next time you can’t get your car out of a snowed-in parking spot:

1. Find two towels that you meant to throw away.
2. Wedge a towel under each front tire.
3. Drive over the towels.

It took me less than thirty seconds to extricate my car from its prison.

P.S. It works in mud too, according to Matt.

6 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    Cool! I heard that cat litter also works, but I think I just saw that on TV once and who knows what’s true on TV :p

  2. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    That Matt’s a smart guy.

    I don’t know this from experience (for one thing, our parking spot is dead flat, and accumulations in Port Moody were about 10 cm max), but just about any traction material will work nicely. Carpet remnants are an old favourite, and probably grip even better than towels, plus the stiffness makes them less likely to wrap around your wheel.

    There’s even a commercial product called a traction pad which is a heavy-duty, reusable sort of thing. They’re pretty standard equipment for people who routinely encounter tire-chain type conditions.

    I think the kitty litter could work, but you’d need enough that it could embed in the surface of the ice and change the nature of the traction. I think I’d try traction pads, carpet pieces, or towels first.

  3. Ghosty (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 12:52 am

    Another trick is when you’re in dire circumstances and there’s nothing else around you can lay down your car’s interior matts and it does the same thing gives you a bit of traction to get out of a jam.

  4. Ghosty (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 12:53 am

    I realized with the mention of Matt’s suggestion I wrote “matts” instead of “mats” haha sorry guys.

  5. feygele (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 9:27 am

    Hey Rebecca, you may have seen the cat litter trick on TV, but it does work. (Not the clumping kind though.) Cat litter allowed me to drive up my steep driveway during a snowstorm a few years back.

  6. maktaaq (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

    Ghosty, I just read your “Matts” comment. He he he.

    Everyone else, good suggestions!

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