December 17, 2007We got about 10 inches of snow Saturday night, and 30 mph winds all weekend, so you can imagine what the roads looked like sunday morning. At 6am I got a call from my father in law... He was coming home from work Saturday night at about 4am and went off the road in his Mercury Grand Marquis... Wanted to see if I could pull him out.
I had 2-3' drifts to even get out of my driveway, but the Chevy drove right through, didn't even give a fight. So I got to where he was stuck.. He was nose down into a ditch, about 4' deep. Car was undamaged, however, there was about a 2.5' drift behind the car from it sitting there, which I was going to have to be in to pull him out. So I hooked up the tow cable, pulled her taught in 4hi and gave it alittle gas... Tires just spun in the drift..
So I backed up alittle, put it down in 4lo, and slowly took up the slack... Once the slack was taken up, I felt the truck dig into the drift, and though I was in trouble, but once the tires dug down to the pavement, she hopped once, which scared me, so I was about to quit, when she just settled down and pulled nice and easy. He came out of the ditch, but I had then pulled his car up onto the snow drift. No problem, just pulled around to the front of him, and pulled him down off the drift..
Unfortunatly, he was unable to get into the car to help, as the car was pretty well covered in snow, but I was able to dig out the passenger door to atleast get it into nuetral.
Sound like I did this about right? Scared the hell out of me when it hopped once, I thought for sure I was gonna break stuff. I was gonna shut her down if it hopped again, but luckly it settled right in.