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For most drivers, versatility in their vehicles is a prerequisite. This is because in the life of a car, one will be faced with differing and sometimes daunting driving conditions. Top on this list is mud driving.
While there are several safety precautions that one has to take in such a situation, that doesn’t mean it has to be a dreary, boring affair.
Start With The Right Tire
One of the biggest determinants of how your experience in the mud will be is the type of tires fitted on your vehicle. As a general rule, one needs to look at purpose-built mud terrain, preferably from a trusted brand. A good example of this would be the Defender from Michelin.
There are a number of factors that make this tire the ultimate mud driving choice. For one, it has the added adaptability of being suitable for both dry and wet conditions. This means that you are able to get out of a sticky situation, while being fairly confident on freeway drives.
There Is Safety In Numbers
Contrary to other vehicle-related past times, mud driving is an activity that is best done in the company of other drivers. This is mainly for two reasons. Firstly, there is a heightened level of risk when it comes to sloughing through muddy terrains. This can be anything from getting stuck in a bog to grievous injury in the event of an accident.
In addition to that, by driving in a group, you have the advantage of tracing the tracks of others. Driving in the mud is fraught with hidden obstacles such as jutting rock-faces. As such following others who’d have successful gone through a patch can be quite beneficial.
Speed To Grip Ratio
While this may not be an official metric, it gives a full description of one of the main things to look out for when tackling mud . It goes without saying that road dynamics differ hugely between dry and muddy surfaces. While grip is a function
of tread quality and a vehicle’s speed, the story is slightly different in mud driving.
Usually, it is critical to travel at a speed that allows the tire’s sipes to effectively bite into the mud. High speeds give the tire’s tread less time to interact with the muddy surface.
As result, the car may begin to skid. Corrective action at this stage, such as braking or turning, can actually yield worse results, lengthening the skid.
Failing To Prepare Is Preparing To Not Have Fun
When thinking of having fun words like plan and prepare seldom come to mind. However, when it comes to taking your truck for some fun in the mud this is far from the truth. In order to fully enjoy mud driving, there is a checklist that one has to go through.
First and foremost, you need to check that all your tires are suitable for the mud and are not overly inflated. In addition to that, it is critical to ensure that you are conversant with the trail.
There is no room for nasty surprises, as such you need to check mud depth beforehand. This will give you a fair idea of where you need to engage four wheel drive and spots to avoid altogether.
Due Diligence And Fun Go Hand In Hand
In all it is clear to see that to ensure an enjoyable experience when mud driving, one has to take a careful approach. This doesn’t however mean the whole thing has to be boring. Once all due diligence has been following, let the truck rip and enjoy the great outdoors.