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    Tips for winter and getting (un)stuck

    I thought it might be useful to post a few things for people that aren't so experienced with winter and getting cars unstuck. Here's a few simple pointers.
    1. Buy a tow strap. It can save you or somebody else. A 20 foot 7-8k pound strap should be adequate.
    2. Buy a come-along. Harbor Freight often has their 2-3 ton model on sale for $20. With this and a tow strap (ideally 2 straps, also available for $15 each at Harbor Freight) you can get your car out of a lot of situations.
    3. Carry a shovel. A small one is fine, even just a trowel or similar. Anything to dig with that has a sharp edge (i.e. NOT a plastic shovel).
    4. Throw a blanket and a few bottles of water in your trunk in case you get stuck somewhere.
    5. Put a couple of coffee cans or small bucket of gravel in your trunk. Sand won't help you when you're off in deep snow, but gravel will. This should be sharp-edged gravel and not round river rock type gravel (which won't offer traction!).
    6. Your floor mats can be your best friend and are the best way to get unstuck. Put one in front of or behind each wheel and you'll be amazed how easily you can get your car out of just about any situation. Depending on what kind you have, the bottom may be better to have face up than the top, for instance with carpeted mats the bottom often has more traction for the tires. Dig as far under each wheel as you can so the edges of the floor mats are just about under the tire to start.

    These are just a few of the things I've learned in 20 years of driving in some of the snowiest places imaginable.
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    Thanks for the tips! I never would have thought about the floor mats, although it'd be a shame to get them dirty. I guess it beats being stuck, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikana View Post
    it'd be a shame to get them dirty.
    That is what they are there for isn't it? To get dirty...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikana View Post
    Thanks for the tips! I never would have thought about the floor mats, although it'd be a shame to get them dirty. I guess it beats being stuck, though.
    Subaru rubber floor mats FTW!
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    Maus's steps to not getting stuck in the winter:

    1. Live in Florida.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Subaru rubber floor mats FTW!
    Are those a dealer option or something? Mine are carpet, not rubber. When I ordered my car, the dealer swore up and down that some options were selected on "every" car. These included all weather floor mats, locking wheel nuts and the auto-dimming rear mirror. I told them I didn't want any of those, so I've got a base WRX with only the short throw shifter for options.

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    Yes, they are an option, but all cars (from all makes) in the NW seem to have them added standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maus View Post
    Maus's steps to not getting stuck in the winter:

    1. Live in Florida.
    666 posts?? You're the devil maus
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikana View Post
    Are those a dealer option or something? Mine are carpet, not rubber. When I ordered my car, the dealer swore up and down that some options were selected on "every" car. These included all weather floor mats, locking wheel nuts and the auto-dimming rear mirror. I told them I didn't want any of those, so I've got a base WRX with only the short throw shifter for options.
    Amazing what some dealers will do.

    All weather mats are entirely an option. They are in no way "selected on every car."
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    All weather mats cost about $40 I think.
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    good tips!!!! but that is why I drive a Subaruuuuuuuu
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    A small shovel is a huge must.

    I got my truck stuck in about 2ft of snow a few years back. had nothing to dig it out with but my hands. fml
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    Great tips Scott! I may just have to pick some of these things up myself since we're supposed to have a heavier winter this year in the Northeast.
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