With the approach to the steep hillside proving testing in icy conditions last night, the driver, unable to advance any further up the incline applied the foot brake, leaving the car - a Ford Focus - in a precarious position on the road.
The situation left the people inside the car effectively trapped with the scenario too dangerous for them to exit the vehicle.
Firefighters from Thirsk fire station were called to the scene on Low Town Bank Road, north of the village of Kilburn, shortly after 9pm. They were joined by police at the incident and a 4x4 was used to tow the car out of danger.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: "It happened on the road coming up from Kilburn village, coming up to Sutton Bank, a section that's goes quite steeply uphill.
"The driver, a male, had decided he could no longer make any further progress so he stepped on the foot brake and couldn't go forwards or backwards.
"We have attended and grit the road over 300 metres and used one of our 4x4s to tow the car up the bank to allow the driver to turn around and then we guided him back down."