Imagine a day when you want to spend some time with your family and go on some adventure trip. Exploring new places and new roads excite you. But as you don’t know anything about that route, one of your car’s wheel got stuck in the mud.
There are many possibilities if we take the wrong road. Getting our car stuck in the sand or mud is inconvenient and extremely frustrating. But as drivers, we have to be prepared for some extreme situations of on & off road.
There are a lot of exciting experiences about venturing into the unknown, but it can lead you to some unwanted issues. Sometimes, you can’t avoid driving through mud while travelling. You must have a winch in your car assuming that just in case you will need it. But what if it breaks down or stops working? You should have a few ideas in your mind to overcome such problems. This article can help you with that. Read further.
How to Get Out of Mud Without a Winch?
Understanding the basic principles of driving can help you avoid unnecessary panic. Fortunately, there are many options for getting your car out from the mud without a winch.
Step 1: Assess the Problem
Assessing the situation is the first thing to do to solve any issue. Be patient and find out what happened. Get out of your car if the process is stopped or you hear a strange noise. Analyse how your vehicle stuck in the mud. If there is a chance of quick recovery, then try to push the car from the back. If the mud is not too thick, you can easily unstick the vehicle. But if you think that the wheel is half filled with the mud and it will keep rotating, look for the other ideas. Do not hurry in any situation. It may lead you to some unwanted conditions like a breakdown.
Step 2: Find a Guiding Partner
If you are with someone, then you can ask them to help you from the outside when you try to drive the car off. But if you are alone, then you must have to find a partner whom you can trust. Find someone who can relay information to you or at least can drive. He/she may guide you about the moving or nonmoving tires when you are unable to see them from the car seat. He/she can also guide you with the directions you need to go to pull out the car. They can be a great help in such situations so find one! You can also get his help to push your car from behind while driving.
Various Methods to Get Your Car Out of Mud
Method 1: Two Vehicle Snatch Method
The best thing you can get in this situation is none other than a separate vehicle. Find a car, a truck, or any other vehicle which can pull your car out of the mud. Undoubtedly, humans can’t push with enough force if compared to the other vehicle. So, find a car and ask the driver if he can help you to come out of this situation. If he allows, get a snatch strap. Tie one side of the rope to the stuck car’s recovery point. Then attach the other side to the other vehicle’s backside. The rescue vehicle must be in front of the stuck vehicle.
After attaching the snatch strap in both the vehicles, place the damper over the middle of the belt. Now drivers can sit in the car and communicate about their actions. Once both the drivers are set, accelerate the rescue vehicle on the count of three. The rescue vehicle should accelerate forwards in a straight line. Also, it should be in a controlled manner and not at full speed. With the help of the whole extended snatch strap, the rescue car pulls the stuck vehicle.
Once the driver of the stuck vehicle feels that the strap is pulling the car forwards, the driver of the rescue vehicle should accelerate his car in a straight line. Here one thing to keep in mind is that both cars must maintain the same speed. It may take several attempts to get the enough momentum, so repeat this process if necessary. After a few tries, you can get out your car from the mud.
Method 2: Rocking Car Backwards and Forwards
As we have discussed, momentum is key to getting your car unstuck! You have to try each thing to gain momentum. So if you are unable to succeed in the snatch method, you should go for “rocking.” Rocking your car backward and forwards can gain momentum and help you to come out from this frustrating problem. If your vehicle can move at least slightly forward and backward, you can rely on this method.
Firstly, accelerate the car slightly forward. Then put your car into reverse gear and roll backward. Repeat the whole process several times. Select the first gear for an automatic transmission and second or third gear for a manual transmission. Initially, accelerate gently. So that you can avoid the spinning the wheels in the same place, after some time, you will be able to generate enough momentum to get your vehicle unstuck.
Method 3: Mud Digging Method
Make it a rule that you must have a shovel in your car while wheeling. A shovel is a handy tool for getting a vehicle unstuck. You can use your hands or some other tools for digging, but shovel can quicken the process. This method can be highly effective. Grab a shovel and start clearing the excess mud around your tyre. This process will give you more space to gain momentum which can help you to drive your way out from the mud.
So, these are some standard and not-so-difficult methods to get your car out of mud without using a winch. I hope you have got some fantastic ideas to solve the issue. Of course, the best solution is to winch it out. But if it is not available, then try using these methods and share your experiences.