1 - Inspect
Always inspect before driving to reveal any hidden obstacles such as logs or rocks that can potentially damage your car. Take a stick to test the depth.
If you get stuck on your first attempt, select reverse and see if you can go backwards. Quite often a build-up of mud in front of wheels is what halts forward momentum. Then try again~!
Turn the vehicles steering wheel side-to-side quickly (referred to as sawing) in an attempt to gain extra traction if you find forward progression lacking. This is an especially effective technique if you are climbing a muddy hill.
4- Keep an Out
If you do think there is a chance of getting stuck, do you need to drive the obstacle in the first place? If you decide to go ahead, do you have an out if things don’t go to plan? If you answer no to having traction aids, a winch or another vehicle with a quality recovery kit available, the best bet it to avoid the obstacle.
5- Clean Up
Wash your rig afterwards, mud will also accelerate the chance of rust. Mechanical components such as wheel bearings and brakes also hate mud, so by washing your vehicle underneath as well as on the body, you will reduce the risk of issues down the line.
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