If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having your car stuck deeply in the mud, there are some measures you can take to attempt self-recovery. Getting help from a tow truck is an option, however, if you feel confident enough, there are several steps you can undertake to work towards freeing your car from the mire.
1. Redistribute the Weight on Your Drive Wheels
An effective way to get your car out of the mud is to redistribute the weight on the drive wheels. To do this, you should place items such as spare tyres, logs, rocks, and other heavy objects on the drive wheels in an effort to push them down onto the ground. This should increase the amount of traction between the tires and the ground, allowing you to gain more ground clearance.
2. Improve Traction on the Wheels
If your tires are unable to grip the ground, you can try to improve the traction between the ground and the tires. This can be done by placing things such as branches, leaves, and sandbags beneath the drive wheels in a bid to increase the amount of friction they have with the surface. If you have a shovel, you can also use it to remove mud and other debris from beneath the tires, again resulting in increased traction.
3. Reversing Out Of the Situation
If the drive wheels are still struggling to grip the ground, you can try to reverse out of the situation. To do so, you should keep reversing quickly in short bursts, and monitor the distance you travel. If the car is still unable to move, you can place more objects beneath the tires and continue reversing in short bursts, as this may help to provide additional grip.
4. Contact Professional Assistance
If you’re still unable to free your car from the mud, it would be wise to contact a tow truck for professional assistance. As experienced tow truck drivers are familiar with these types of recoveries, they should be able to free the car from the mud with relative ease. It’s important to be aware that this will be a more expensive option than attempting self-recovery, however in some cases it may be the only option.
5. Use A Tow Strap
Another option is to use a tow strap to help tug the car out of the mud. To do this properly, you will need to have another vehicle with enough horsepower to pull out your car. You should attach one end of the tow strap to your car and the other end to the tow vehicle, before gradually pulling on the tow strap in order to free the vehicle from the mud. It’s essential that during this process that you monitor the tension on the strap and stop if the tension becomes too great.
So, if you’re ever unfortunate enough to find yourself in this situation, remember these five tips and you may be able to free your car from the mire. However, if you don’t feel confident enough to attempt a self-recovery, it’s always best to contact professional assistance.