Mud driving can be loads of fun, but it can also get very messy very quickly. First of all, always know what’s ahead.
- Before taking on the track adjust your tire pressure to suit your vehicle and lock in your hubs (do not drive on bitumen with your hubs in or with 4wd engaged).
- The key to driving through surfaces with low traction is to maintain momentum.
- Know the track ahead of you and inspect any obstacles ahead. Don't go into a puddle without knowing what’s below. Puddles in the tracks can be very deceptive and what looks shallow can drown your vehicle in seconds or have debris that could puncture your tyres, etc.
- Proper off-road mud tyres will provide you with the best traction possible.
- If you get stuck going forward, before pulling the winch out see if you can reverse back and get a little more momentum going through again or see if you can find another way.
- If you end up in the ruts stay in the ruts, do not attempt to fight against them. -Maintain a safe distance between vehicles especially in very slippery clay. Always keep your windows closed.
- Have your winch rope already spooled out and wrapped around the bullbar to allow for less time trying to get yourself out of a sticky situation.
- At the end of driving on any off-road surface, it is imperative to wash your vehicle thoroughly. Not washing your vehicle can cause a lot of damage not to mention obstruct your view when driving home.
- It's always handy to take a recovery kit and a set of Recovery tracks to help you get back on track.