Steps For an Off-Road Recovery

Don’t Get Stuck in the First Place and Try Not to Cause Trouble

Get out, assess the situation, and accept that you won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Start by Lowering Your Tire Pressure

Mud Tends to Fill the Grooves of Slick Tires

Driving over rocks is tricky at the best of times, and recovering from them is never easy. Try building a road instead of using a high-lift jack or straps to gain more traction.

The slack should be felt as soon as it disappears. Then it's a tricky balance to keep the cars on track while maintaining forward momentum.

You shouldn't run a winch cable or rope over jagged rocks for obvious reasons. Don't use the winch barehanded or get too close to the spool if you don't want to lose a finger.

The winch can’t be attached to trees, rocks, or even the dried-up body of a llama if you get stuck? You need a spare tire and a shovel to make a Dead Man’s Anchor.

Slow, gradual movements and torque are required.