We all have that one friend (okay, maybe we have those two or three friends) who just don’t know when to stop. In this video, we see “Joel” in his Jeep Liberty trying to make his way through some pretty serious mud.
The commenter/videographer explains that his buddy is going down in his Jeep Liberty, equipped with a locking rear differential and limited slip in the front. The main flaw seems to be that the Jeep has a set of stock all-season tires on it, and they don’t look very meaty. His approach after he starts to become stuck wasn’t the best either — it seems like he thought giving it a lot of gas would help. Every experienced off-roader knows that heavy acceleration in mud is only going to create a nastier hole for your tires.
This takes place at the China Wall 4×4 Trail in Colorado.
Here’s another angle of the face palm worthy situation:
The comments explain that they did pluck poor ol’ Joel out of the sticky situation, while not quite explaining how. You can catch a glimpse of the recovery vehicle in video two — which isn’t in the mud at all. Most likely, he was pulled out by the front recovery points by the recovery vehicle on flat ground.
How to Get a Vehicle Out of Mud
So how do you get out of such a mess? The commentator in the video didn’t explain how they got the Jeep out, but here’s a good method for pulling a vehicle out of deep mud:
- Let the air out of the stuck tires, down to about 10 psi
- Rock the vehicle back and forth — but if it’s this deep, you’re not going to rock it completely out
- Remove as much mud as you can from around the tires
- Position a recovery vehicle nearby, as closely as safely possible
- Hook tow straps to the recovery point on the stuck vehicle and tow hitch of the recovery vehicle
- With the stuck vehicle in 4-wheel low, or 1st, the recovery should start off slowly, but not stop
- Once the stuck vehicle begins to move, the driver should give it a little gas until they are free from the mud pit
In this case, the best route could probably be pulling him out from behind, but this is situational.