How to Get Your Car Unstuck
Frame 1: Assess the situation. Get out of the car, inspect, and make a plan.
Frame 2: Drive Out. If you don't have traction, you need momentum. Rocking the vehicle back and forth may help, as may "sawing" the wheel back and forth.
Frame 3: Landscape. Determine what obstacles are causing the problem and eliminate them. Build up rocks, gravel, logs, etc. in front/behind tires to aid traction and clearance.
Frame 4: Push. Manpower is often the quickest way to get a vehicle moving. Safety is key; know what the driver is doing.
Frame 5: Winch. If you're stuck in a ditch and have a winch available, now is the time to use it - hand winches, come-alongs, etc.
Frame 6: Pull. If all else fails, you'll need to be towed out.
How to Get Your Car Unstuck From…Anything: An Illustrated Guide
There are a lot of things your car can get stuck in: mud, snow, even a ditch. While every situation is different, there are some principles you can follow that may help you become unstuck without needing to call for a tow. So, we enlisted Wyatt Knox from Team O’Neil Rally School to help us put this guide together should you ever find yourself in one of these sticky situations.