Monday, January 6, 2014

Surviving The Polar Vortex

I knew it was going to be bad when I woke up at about 4am Sunday morning to see snow crashing down from the sky. Some 24 hours later, my driveway was one huge snow drift and my street was covered in packed snow. There was little hope of my Mustang getting out of its icy tomb in time for me to get to work.

The car was covered in snow and ice, so I shoveled it out as best as I could. De-icer helped quite a bit in clearing up the glass and I don't think I would have been able to unfreeze the doors without it. At about noon, I tried cranking the engine on my Mustang and heard it slowly turn over like an elderly lady rolling over in bed. It soon roared to life, though and I was ready to start trying to get out of my driveway. Problem was, under all that snow I had shoveled was a few inches of ice. And Mustangs don't do very well on ice. So, the question is, how do you get a Mustang out of the ice?

How To Get A Mustang Out Of The Snow

  1. Pack the trunk. Mustangs are rear wheel drive, so you'll want to put as much weight as you can in the back. Pack your trunk with heavy items like sandbags or boxes of kitty litter.
     
  2. Break up the ice around your rear tires. I have, on occasion, used a trowel or a hammer to break up the ice. However you do it is up to you. 

  3. Use Your Floor Mats. Ideally, you'd use road salt or kitty litter, but, if those are not available, you can put your floor mats under your rear tires in order to get some traction, if you  need to.

  4. Turn off the traction control. Normally, traction control is used to retard timing, cut fuel, and apply the brakes on the wheel that is slipping. If you're stuck, you need to spin the wheels in order to gain momentum, and traction control will hinder that process. Make sure you turn it back on once you get out, though. 

  5. Rock back and forth. Alternating between drive and reverse will get you some momentum, which will help get you free.

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