Many times, when people talk about driving in the mud, they imagine spinning tires and sliding around a bit. While this is certainly fun, it is also risky business.
Sliding In The Mud
Once your vehicle starts sliding, it won’t stop until it wants to, and you have forfeited all control. Sure, your spins will impress your buddies, but they’ll forget how impressed they are when your finishing move involves colliding with the tree on the other side of the mud hole.
It’s much better to be able to maintain control of your vehicle, maybe even pulling everyone else out of the mud, than to be the one literally ‘stuck in the mud’.
Getting Stuck In The Mud
When you’re attempting to drive through a muddy area, try to maintain as much momentum as possible. If you feel you are getting stuck, quickly and repetitively turn the wheel left and right.
If you do get stuck, avoid the tendency to floor the gas pedal and spin tires. This will likely dig your vehicle in deeper–the last thing you want to have happen. Instead, get out and look at what you have gotten yourself into.
Depending on how bad you’re stuck, you may be able to drive it out, you may not. Try rocking the vehicle back and forth by shifting from reverse to drive, at very low RPMs if you think it is escapable. If not, you may need to recover your vehicle with recovery straps, tow straps, shackles, chains or a high-lift jack.
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