Tips for Driving Safely During Mud Season
Apr 20, 2018 08:31PM
By Linda Ditch
Here are a few tips:
- Stay away from deep mud. Unless you’re in a vehicle equipped for off-road driving, don’t venture onto a road with mud deeper than two inches.
- Slow and steady will get you through. Much like driving in snow, you want to keep your speed slow but steady. Don’t try to zoom through mud, or you might find yourself off the road and heading for a tree. Also, keep your wheels straight for as long as you can. Turning the wheels will reduce traction and slow you down, leading to your getting stuck.
- Wheee! If you skid, use the same techniques you would in snow. Don’t hit the brakes! Just ease up on the gas pedal and turn into the spin to try and straighten your wheels.
- Stuck in mud? Sometimes, in spite of all your efforts, you get stuck. First, try turning your wheels slightly back and forth (only about an eighth of an inch) to see if that helps. If not, then stop so you don’t dig yourself in deeper. Next, try backing up straight on the track you just made to see if you can get any traction. If neither works, you can tuck your floor mats under your wheels as far as you can to get the grip you need to get going again. (Of course, your floor mats will never be the same again.)
- Give your car a bath. Mud on a vehicle can cause rust. And if you have mud caked on the underside, be sure to wash it off as well to keep the mechanical systems working properly.