Crazy terrain, crazy weather, crazy drivers – Australia’s got it all! And while we assume you’re generally a great driver, the addition of unpredictable weather, terrain, and other drivers means that sometimes accidents happen and you can find yourself in a pickle. The ‘my car’s stuck in the mud, or a ditch, or a sand dune, or a snowbank’ kind of pickle! Or, in the case of a friend of mine, stuck on the landscaped edge of a very steep, curving driveway after a second of dodgy reversing!
So, you find your precious car stuck, now what? Well, here are our top 5 tips:
If you find yourself stuck, stop. Stop revving the engine and spinning your tyres, often that approach is just making it worse. Make sure the engine is off, the brake is on, and, as long as it’s safe to do so, get out and inspect the situation. Often the solution needs that wider perspective. For example, you might realise you can get out on your own steam, if only you steer in a very specific way. With a little bit of distance, the solution might be obvious in an instant.
2. Create traction
The most common reason for getting stuck is a loss of traction between your tyres and the ground. You need to give your tyres something better to grip onto. Depending on the situation, this could involve digging an improvised ramp, filling in sunken mud holes with dry dirt, or wedging branches or wooden planks under the tyres. Or you could always try this ingenious hack! Remember, if the vehicle is a two-wheel drive, give priority to the drive wheels, which are typically the front wheels.
3. Make friends
When horsepower has let you down, it’s time to call in some manpower! Depending on the size and location of the vehicle, getting a group of people together to push, or even lift, could be the fastest way out! Many hatchbacks can easily be lifted by a dedicated handful of enthusiastic helpers, and a combined push has helped many a stuck friend. Obviously the safety of everyone involved in of utmost importance, so make sure everyone is clear about what is going to happen, and when. Teamwork makes the dream work… And hopefully, the car go!
4. Get a tow
If you’re really stuck, and you’ve tried all the other options, there’s no shame in admitting you need a tow. Ideally you’ll be able to call in a professional, or at the very least someone with experience. If not, and there’s absolutely no other option, a quick read of this ‘How To’ will give you the key points. If you’re the one offering to tow someone out of a sticky situation, be aware that there is the possibility of serious injury or vehicle damage, and proceed with caution.
5. Don’t get stuck in the first place!
Ok, so this one is a little tongue-in-cheek! However, we just wanted to point out that, while knowing how to get unstuck is good, not getting stuck in the first place is even better! For example, if you’re exploring off-road in a 4WD where there are many more opportunities to get stuck than usual, we highly recommend investing in a 4WD training course. There are many on offer in the Brisbane, Moreton Bay, and Sunshine Coasts areas, including those run by the RACQ.
Here at Mobile Towbar Fitting, we hope that most of our customers are using their towbars to tow their caravans, boats, and trailers around, not rescuing their mates! But hey, sometimes it happens, and without a quality, well-fitted towbar, the possibility to help isn’t even going to be there. Contact us today to get your towbar fitted and your adventures started! We, for one, hope it’s all smooth sailing.
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