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Winter has hit Saskatchewan hard, and even when we do everything right, sometimes winter can still get the best of us. 
 
One of the most challenging things we can encounter in Saskatchewan winters is having our car stuck in the ditch. 
 
Here are some tips to make sure you are ready for the winter roads.
 
Prepare yourself and your vehicle for the worst case, always store in your car:
  • Warm clothes including a toque, mitts, jacket, boots, and pants.
  • Warm Blankets
  • Jumper cables and a pull strap
  • Small Shovel
  • Kitty Litter
In the scenario you do hit the ditch, stay calm so you can properly assess the situation and make a plan.
 
Use your shovel to clear the area around your tires; it will help so you are level with the ground and will enable you to rock your car back and forth. 
 
Rock your car carefully back and forth, using forward and reverse. Take your time and do this slowly and be attentive that you are changing gears properly not to damage your transmission.
 
Don't floor the gas as it will create slippery spots under your tires and will make it harder to rock the car back and forth efficiently.  
 
Try and increase the traction under your tires by placing your car mats underneath or by spreading salt, dirt, or even kitty litter where you need traction.
 
If you have done everything and you can get your car unstuck, stay warm and use your phone to call for roadside assistance. 
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*Before re-entering your vehicle, it is also essential to check your tailpipe is clear of snow to prevent gas from building up in your car. 
 
From all your friends at My Mutual Insurance, STAY SAFE out there.

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