The Dos and Don’ts of Getting Stuck in the Mud

Spring means rain and rain means mud! If you’ve ever had to drive down a muddy road, you know how slippery treacherous the road can be. No one likes getting stuck in the mud, but if you ever find yourself in a dirty situation, we recommend keeping your cool and following these tricks to get yourself out of the mud.

What Not to Do When You Get Stuck in the Mud

Don’t Speed

The best way to fight getting stuck in the mud is to avoid sticking in the first place. Don’t fly over muddy roads the same way you would a dry highway. Take it slow and steady and only go as fast as necessary. This should help you avoid any nasty situations. However, if you do get stuck:

Don’t Panic

The worst thing you can do is lose your head. Getting unstuck from mud takes a lot of patience, time, and TLC. The best thing to do is just to take a few deep breaths and think clearly.

Don’t Spin Your Tires

The last thing you want to do is get more stuck than you already are. Trying to accelerate by slamming on the gas will cause your wheels to spin and dig your car into the mud even deeper. The deeper your car is, the harder it will be to get it unstuck.

Try This When You Get Stuck

Walk around Your Car

First things first: get out of your car and walk around the outside to determine the damage. You want to see the extent of your problem before you just start trying things to get out of the muck. Remember how we said not to panic? Checking on the problem from outside your car can help clear your head and give you time to come up with a plan.

Turn Your Wheels

Gaining traction and momentum is the best way to get out of the mud. It can be hard for your wheels to do either if they’re surrounded by mud. Turn your wheels left and right to clear away some of the mud before you try to drive out. You may even want to try digging to speed up the process.

Use Traction to Help Yourself Out

What do a towel, a floor mat, a piece of wood, and cardboard have in common? They can all be used to create some traction for your car to grab onto when you’re trying to get out of the mud. These items can all give your wheels something steady to grab so you don’t just spin your wheels.

How to Avoid Getting Stuck

  • Keep your tires in good working condition with plenty of tread. Make sure you get your tires checked regularly to ensure they’re road-safe.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car in the event that you get stuck. Include gloves, a shovel, a rain poncho, a backup external battery for your phone, reflective triangles, and a flashlight.
  • Avoid parking on muddy roads – stick to the pavement!
  • Keep a reliable tow service handy, just in case.

Has your car suffered damage from being stuck in the mud? Contact Performance Auto or call us at (334) 245-6600 to speak with our honest and qualified team. Let us take care of your car and truck repair today!

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