There are so many fun things to participate in this summer, and for Ocala used truck owners, off-roading is often a sure path to an exhilarating adventure. While off-roading on a dry trail is fun, going through water and mud can be so much more exciting! Due to the recent heavy rains, your favorite trail probably has some standing water and undisturbed mud, waiting to be disheveled. Before throwing your truck into four-wheel drive and romping on the trail, there are several safety considerations you should review first. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when off-roading in wet conditions:
Take water depth into consideration. Take note of the depth of the water in front of you. You should not try to forge through any standing water that is higher than your Ocala used truck’s stock air box; otherwise, you run the risk of hydro-locking your engine. Try to stick to water that is lower than your bumper.
Keep a steady speed until you get comfortable. Try to stay at about 5MPH when going through high water until you are comfortable with the area. Never go below 5MPH or stop or else you could lose traction.
Examine your surroundings. If you’ve run into a particularly muddy part of your trail, take a moment to stop and look for warning signs. If you see tracks leading to a mud pit but no tracks leading back out, you should probably find another way to cross.
Keep from losing traction. If you begin to lose traction in mud, try slightly turning your steering wheel from side to side. This will keep you moving forward and help you maintain traction.
Whether on the road or off the road, in the mud, or in the water, always take safety precautions very seriously when you are on an off-roading excursion. Are you in the market for a used truck that will double as an off-roading vehicle as well? Contact the experts at Gibson Truck World for a great deal and warranty on the Ocala used truck of your dreams.
Share this post and your stories regarding your recent off-roading experience. Send us pictures of you truck–the muddier, the better! Also, stress the importance of water and mud off-road safety to your friends and family who enjoy the great outdoors.