Off-roading trips are a lot of fun right up until the time you bury your tires in deep mud and all movement stops until you can extract your rig. Since off-road driving always comes with the risk of getting stuck or suffering a mechanical failure, it is important to have a plan, the right tools, and some skills for when it invariably happens.
Next time you bury your axles and need to recover your vehicle, remember these tips to get yourself out safely and successfully.
Tip: Always Bring Along a Basic Tool Box on Your Adventures
Every time your truck leaves the pavement, it should always have a well-stocked toolbox along for the ride. There are many times when a simple adjustable wrench or screwdriver can get you out of a stranding situation and back on a paved road where you can have your rig towed to a mechanic.
As you pack a toolbox, don't forget to throw in other helpful items, such as:
Many a driveshaft has been held in place by some zip ties when a universal joint failed, and the truck needed to be moved far enough to get parts or a tow. Duct tape is known for its ability to fix nearly anything in a pinch. And, hose clamps are one of those things that work until the day they rust through and then cease to function. Bringing a few along ensures you aren't stuck in the woods because of a less-than-one-dollar part.
Tip: Buy a Self-Recovery Winch and Practice Using It
One of the best things you can do for your future self is to purchase a self-recovery winch that is easily capable of extracting your vehicle and then practice how to use it. One mistake off-roaders often make is to purchase safety equipment and never practice using it in non-emergency situations. When an emergency comes along, then they unnecessarily struggle.
Tip: Put the Phone Number of Your Local 4x4 Recovery Group in Your Cell Phone's Contact List
Finally, most rural areas have groups of 4x4 off-roading enthusiasts or specialty towing companies who are ready, willing, and able to help you recover a stuck vehicle - even in a very remote area. Do an online search before your trip and put their numbers in your cell phone. If you are fortunate enough to be in an area with cell service and are able to contact assistance when you need it, you will be happy you took the time to do so.
For more information, contact your local 4x4 recovery service today.