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Stuck in a Ditch? Here Are Some Ways to Get Yourself Out

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SCDOT crews told 7 On Your Side that it's not uncommon when winter weather comes to the Upstate, to experience a slide out. It happens when your car slips on a patch of ice and now you're stuck on the side of the road, in a ditch.

You've called the towing company but they say it’s going to be a while. We found some safe ways you can help get yourself unstuck.

Remember safety first so before you do anything make sure your wheels are straight, your car is in park and put the parking brake on.

You’re going out in the elements so experts say make sure you've got warm clothing on and then get out and have a look.

7 On Your Side talked to SCDOT spokesperson Jason Allison. He said the reason you're probably not able to get out of the ditch is because you're not getting enough traction with your tires.

In this case, Allison said it's OK to let out a little air to increase the surface area.You’re also going to want to know a little bit about the type of car you drive, he recommends.

“You need to know if you're in a front wheel drive or real wheel drive. If you're trying to get out of a situation you're trying to get traction to your drive wheels,” he said.

Experts say look for about half an inch to an inch of expansion at the edge of the tire but not enough to make things dangerous after you get back on the road.

Tires with a little less air it should help you get out of that ditch and so will a few other tools you may have lying around in the back of your car.

Try to get cardboard lodged underneath the wheel if you've got an old box in your trunk. If you don't have any or it doesn't work, try the foot mat.

We talked to SCDOT crews and they prefer kitty litter. Spread it under the tire with any dirt or sticks you have.

After prepping your tire you should be just about ready to give it a try. Start your car and slowly roll out of the ditch with a little more traction.

Experts say having a few extra tools can keep your costs low when winter weather hits.

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