What to Do if Your Car Gets Stuck in Mud

What to Do if Your Car Gets Stuck in MudWith the rainy season coming upon us, Parker Towing has some tips on what to do if your car gets stuck in mud. It can happen to any of us, so be prepared and know what to do just in case. 

Be Prepared

Fall and winter are particularly dangerous times for getting stuck in the mud, so it’s a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle for emergencies. You don’t need full survival gear, just a flashlight, a shovel, and a traction mat. Gloves, a rain poncho, and reflective triangles can also come in handy for safety and keeping dry while getting the vehicle unstuck. 

So, now that you’re prepared with supplies, do you know what to do if your car gets stuck in mud? Follow the steps below to see if you can get your vehicle out of the mud without help from one of our tow truck crews. 

First things first, lay off the accelerator as soon as you realize you’ve gotten stuck. Stomping down aggressively on the accelerator will only cause your tires to spin and bury themselves deeper into the mud. You’ll only make getting out more difficult. 

Step 1: Try to go in the opposite direction that you were going when you got stuck. Keep your wheels straight and gently back up if you were moving forward, or go forward if you were backing up. If you are unsuccessful in this attempt, proceed to the next step. 

Step 2: Put the vehicle in a lower gear if it’s a manual and get a little aggressive with the accelerator, but not too much or you’ll bury the car deeper as we mentioned before. If it still doesn’t come out try the next step. 

Step 3: You can try to rock the vehicle out by going forward and then backward quickly. Don’t do this too much or too aggressively as it can be hard on your transmission. Sometimes just a few times back and forth is enough to get your vehicle out of the mud. If not, there’s one more thing you can try.

Step 4: Use that traction mat from your emergency kit, or if you didn’t put one in your vehicle, use the floor mats from your car. They’re not as effective, but something is better than nothing. Center it next to the tire in the direction that you want to go and try to move the vehicle. If the mats work, do not stop moving until you’re completely out of the mud or you risk getting stuck again. If they don’t work, it’s time to call in the car towing professionals.

We hope this guide about what to do if your car gets stuck in mud is helpful to you in case you ever get stuck in this unfortunate situation. However, if you’re unable to get your vehicle out, feel free to give us a call here at Parker Towing. We’ll send out one of our friendly professionals to help you get your vehicle out and have you on your way again in a jiffy!