We really don’t want to think about it, but let’s just imagine it. The worst is bound to happen someday. Even if you have a winch and decide to leave it at home that day, you might end up getting in mud in the middle of nowhere, and then your survival instincts would need to come to play.
Just think of how it would feel to have all of your family stuck in the mud. You struggle to get out, but your tires keep circling the mud while you try. Pretty bad, don’t you think?
The odds of getting into a fix like that are very much, and as such you need to be ready.
It could be that you took an unfamiliar route, you were in a hurry and didn’t read the signs or something.
As a driver (and for this context, the one driving the rest of the family), you need to be prepared for extreme cases both on and off the road.
Here are smart tips to help you survive when your Jeep gets stuck in the mud without a winch.
How To Get Out of Mud
There are various methods you can try to help yourself (and others with you) out of the dire situation. We are going to be sharing a few of them here to help you pull through.
Before you try any of the methods, it is imperative that you are well aware of the severity of the situation before you select a method.
This way, you will be able to understand how, and what to do in your situation. We also understand that you are here to waste no time at all, you want quick, effective information. Now let’s begin, shall we?
USE RANDOM OBJECTS
Let us begin with the odds, things you might readily find before you even see a car to pull you out. This is the first step we will be helping you review in order to help you through the situation.
The major thing you want to make sure your Car gains when you are trying to pull it out of the mud is traction power.
You can start out by using the readily available object with you – your car mat. It totally depends on the type of wheel you use.
If you use a rear-wheel-drive car, then you can place the mats in front of the tires to give it traction power, the same can be done for front-wheel cars.
You can also try out other objects if you cannot use your mat. See if you can get large rocks, sticks, branches, leaves, absolutely anything that will help your tires gain enough traction to leave the mud.
Once you have placed these items or objects in front of your wheel, try moving slowly to see if you can pull out.
Some people have also said that cat litter can help you with traction. So as funny as it is you might need to get a handful in your car.
TWO VEHICLE SNATCH
Now, this is another excellent way to help you get your car out of the mud if it is done well.
All you need is another car that is not in the mud. You might want to make sure the car has enough power to pull you out first.
Once that is in place, you can then proceed to find your snatch strap to help connect both cars together. Get a damper (a wet piece of clothing material) and place it at the center of the strap.
The purpose of the damper is to help you cool off the heat when pressure from pulling sets in.
The next thing is that you must make sure both cars are in a straight line. If you have that conditioned met, the two drivers can then attempt to pull the car out of the mud.
The driver of the car used for the rescue must signal the distressed car, and both of them are to accelerate together.
Once the distressed car driver feels the strap moving the car forward, the driver can start accelerating.
This should go on and on till the strap and the drivers’ effort help pull out the distressed car from the mud. Make sure both cars are at the same speed so the snap doesn’t cut suddenly.
TRY TO DIG THE MUD AWAY
This method is pretty basic but effective. All you need to do is to try to dig all the mud away from the tires. Clear out the mud gives the tires room to find traction, and enough force to dry to leave the mud.
You can either scoop the mud with a shovel or use your hands to remove as much as is required to help the car gain traction power.
ADDED WEIGHT CAN HELP
For this method, you need to add more weight to your drive wheel. If you have a front-wheel-drive car, then you can add extra weight to the front of your car.
Try looking for a large rock or something weighty to add to your passengers’ seat. Similarly, if you have a rear-wheel-drive car, then you need to add more weight to the back seat.
The essence of the weight is to push the tires downwards through the mud, till the tires can reach a place of firm footing.
Once the tire has a good grip on solid ground it will be easier to get the tire out of the mud.
Make sure you don’t tell people to sit on your bonnet. This is an extremely dangerous act.
You can end up hitting them when the car leaves the mud or throw them into the mud terribly.
In conclusion, these tips and guidelines should help you out of a muddy situation.
You can never be one hundred percent prepared at all times, you have to have some survival instincts to help you at times where you need it the most.
Even without a winch, you have little to worry about, Just get your skills on and be ready to pull yourself out of the mud.