With the temperature outside below freezing, the idea of a car overheating might seem ridiculous. But it is still very possible.
Firefighters were recently called to the scene of a car on fire just off of 45th Street in Fargo after a driver had worked his car too hard trying to get out of the snow.
An overheated engine or even spinning tires can cause the tire or other parts of the car to catch fire, making a bad situation much worse.
"Even if your tire can't get out of it, it is still creating friction and heat, rubber burns well, the tire is made from oil (and) you end up having a fire and it extends into the car," explained West Fargo Fire Department Chief Dan Fuller.
Trying to get a vehicle unstuck under its own power, without assistance, can cause undue wear on the vehicle as well. When stuck in the snow, a common tactic is to rapidly shift from reverse to drive and then back to rock the vehicle back and forth. While this can sometimes work to get out of a rut, it can also cause wear and tear on the vehicle's transmission.
Seth Ziegler from MTW Towing in West Fargo recommends waiting for a tow, as paying for a tow truck can be cheaper than paying to fix a damaged vehicle.
The AAA suggests carrying a bag of kitty litter, sand, or salt in the vehicle as part of a winter survival kit. The grit of these items can be used to help give the vehicle enough traction to help get back on the road safely.