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Essential Recovery Tips & Techniques

Go wheeling. Get stuck. Extract. Sometimes that’s how it goes when you’re exploring the backcountry. If you’re going to wander off the paved path, it’s a good idea to be prepared with at least some basic recovery tools and knowledge of techniques. This holds true for running solo or in a group—even if it’s not your rig—a friend may need help towing or pulling his stricken vehicle off the trail.


Sometimes one of the most important things you can do when you get stuck is to simply stop what you’re doing. Get off the throttle, stop vehicle motion, put the transmission in park or low gear, and shut off the engine. Obviously, if you’re sinking in bottomless quicksand like Indiana Jones then you might need to react quickly. However, in the real world, you can usually approach the stuck situation with patience.

Take a little time to assess the situation. There’s usually not a need to rush doing something that may break the rig or injure someone near the vehicle. Stuck vehicles tend to attract people around it, so be sure everyone is clear of any danger when trying to move or when using extraction methods.

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