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How to get your vehicle out if it gets stuck in snow

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MADISON (WKOW) --- It doesn't matter what type of vehicle you drive, during a significant snowfall there's a chance you could get stuck.

“I've seen all-wheel drives in a ditch, I’ve seen front-wheel drives in a ditch. I've seen all kinds of cars,” said Dave McCabe, assistant manager at Car-X Tire & Auto.

And if that happens, you may not have to look further than your own home for a solution.

McCabe recommends carrying cat litter or sand in the vehicle to place under your tires.

“Basically, it creates a hard surface. It gives the tires something to grab on to,” he said. “What you want to do is make sure the whole surface of the tire, both front and rear wheels, have a nice good hand full (of sand) across the surface.”

Something else you use every day may also help get you back on the road.

“I hear there's a solvent you can mix water, alcohol and dish soap which will create kind of a deicer which will melt the snow,” McCabe said.

Always make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of any snow.

“If you happen to get stuck enough and it's in the exhaust pipe, just dig that out. Because what will happen is it will cause the exhaust to be plugged and then it can cause problems with your EGR valve,” McCabe said.

McCabe said before you leave your home, make sure the have an emergency kits in the vehicle. Water, flashlight, a blanket and cell phone charger are some things he recommends.

If your cell phone dies -- tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see. 

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