Any tips to get out of mud?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Clock Sucker, May 10, 2016.

  1. Clock Sucker

    Clock Sucker I handle a lot of packages

    So it rained all day today and I was going down a dirt road that was very muddy. I ended up getting sucked over toward the side and got stuck pretty good. I tried rocking the car back and forth but didn't get very far. It would have been easier but there was no shovel in the car so I had to dig with a friggin ice scraper. I tried laying the chains down to get some more traction but they didn't help really at all.

    After about 30 minutes of rocking back and forth my car just kept getting more sideways and my rear tires were right next to a field so I finally gave up. I saw a farm a little over a mile up the road so I jogged up there and luckily the guy was nice enough to grab a tractor and come pull me out. Otherwise I would have had to call the center for a tow and that means I would get charged with an accident.

    So does anyone have some useful tips on how to get out of the mud once you get stuck?
     
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  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    There is no easy way to get out of mud.
     
  3. Dr.Brown

    Dr.Brown Swollen Member

    EC that stop
     
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  4. burrheadd

    burrheadd Superstar

    If it was me I wouldn't go down that road if it's muddy
    Hope that helps
     
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  5. Clock Sucker

    Clock Sucker I handle a lot of packages

    The beginning of the road off the highway wasn't bad at all. It only got bad about 4 miles down the road and since I had only been down that road while it was dry, I didn't know it would be like that.
     
  6. Dr.Brown

    Dr.Brown Swollen Member

    now you know...
     
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  7. Clock Sucker

    Clock Sucker I handle a lot of packages

    Well yeah now.... But I will eventually be in this situation again on a different road, so I would like to be better prepared
     
  8. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Sure there is.

    A 12,000 lb winch, a snatch block and a good tree strap.






    Or the farmer's tractor right off the bat.
     
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  9. Dr.Brown

    Dr.Brown Swollen Member

    How many times do you need to get stuck to find out that you don't need to try and go down the muddy road?
     
  10. Clock Sucker

    Clock Sucker I handle a lot of packages

    All roads are different, if I go out blind on a route I wont know which roads are ok to go down...
     
  11. scooby0048

    scooby0048 This page left intentionally blank

    I like you so I won't be a smartass and tell you NOT to get stuck in the first place but if you do decide to go down those muddy roads, first try to stay in the middle where it's usually harder. Try to keep your accelerator input steady (don't let off and don't try to go faster) Momentum is your friend in this case.

    I run alot of country routes here in Wyoming and most of them get super muddy like you describe. I carry 3 big ole tow straps and 4ft chain in my "go bag". Gotta remember though, I'm in Wyoming and everyone has 4x4 trucks so even if I get stuck, it's very rare that I would have to wait very long to get out.

    Other than that, EC those roads.
     
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  12. iowa boy

    iowa boy Well-Known Member

    Don't risk it. If not sure, EC is your best friend in these situations.
     
  13. Dr.Brown

    Dr.Brown Swollen Member

    I understand, trust me, I've been stuck 9 times.... was lucky to have a farmer or oil pumper get me out 3 of those times... A wrecker had to come to the others. Heck one time, the wrecker got stuck and had to call another to winch us both out...

    here we have red clay and when it gets wet, it's slippier than snot, so now when I see red, EC
     
  14. Measure how wide the tires are that you would normally get stuck. Then cut a piece of 2x4 so it's quite a bit longer so you can gain some traction and without the piece of wood getting stuck under the tire. Secure to tire with either chain/bungee cord and there ya go.
     
  15. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    i've gotten out of mud by putting on some quick chains but that was on a feeder tractor. quick chains are just a small section of a tire chain that goes on in about a minute or so.

    they sell a traction sheet at costco during the winter for 20 bucks. you could probably cut up a mudflap to do the same thing.
     
  16. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    I love playing in the mud.
     
  17. S.F. Rush

    S.F. Rush Active Member

    Mud butt
     
  18. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    You got yourself a good woman then ;)
     
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  19. 35years

    35years Active Member

    Portable Tow Truck strips, they are quick and work in mud and ice.
    Every center should supply them, or at least automotive...ours does.
    They have saved UPS countless road calls.
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  20. Austin.Was.My.Hero

    Austin.Was.My.Hero quod erat demonstrandum

    Go faster. Momentum wins.