Whether you have gotten your vehicle stuck in the mud off road, or the sand in the remote desert, or even in high snow on a highway during a bad storm, getting your vehicle moving again could be the difference between getting home and a struggle to survive. If your vehicle isn’t able to move, you could stuck in remote areas or in weather that could kill you in hours. Here are a few simple tips for getting your vehicle moving again and getting you back to safety.
If you are in an area that is prone to snow, or heavy rains that produce mud, then it would be a good idea to keep a bag of gravel in your vehicle to help provide traction if your tires are spinning. If you are going off road, your preparations should be much more intense, check your tires, including your spare and your jack, bring extra fuel, check your battery, oil, and transmission prior to leaving.
Less is More
If you hear spinning tires, or feel your vehicle losing traction, especially uphill, do not apply more gas. This could result in your digging your tire into the sand, mud, or snow, and creating a smooth surface on the ground while also filling the treads on your tires. Instead, maintain the same level of pressure on the gas pedal, and if possible turn the wheel slightly, aiming your vehicle for the more gradual accent or an area with better traction.
If steady gas didn’t succeed and you find your tire spinning until it has sunk down you are going to have to dig it out. Dig in front of the stuck tire, removing the material that has built up in front of it and creating a gradual grade that it can easily climb out of.
As a last resort, you have to remove items from your vehicle to make it lighter until you have gotten it out and on ground with traction. Or you may have to shift the load over the drive tire. If you have a passenger with you they could bounce their weight over the drive tire while you carefully and slowly apply the gas.
Your vehicle can only get you to safety if it can keep moving. Remember these tips if you get your vehicle stuck so that you don’t have to face a survival situation that could be avoided.
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