A lot of people don’t like when it rains as it ruins their outdoor plans and forces them indoors.
If you’re an off-roader who happens to really enjoy playing with your truck or Jeep in the mud, you’re one of the few who sees a rainbow at the end of a rainy day - now you can go mudding!
Whether you go out while it’s still raining or wait until the skies clear up, mudding can be one extra-fun event with your 4X4 - as long as you’re properly prepared.
Check out these tips on safe and easy mudding so you don't get your truck or Jeep stuck and see your fun day come to an untimely end!
Gauge The Weather
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with heading out for some fun in the mud while it’s actively raining if it’s just a shower or light rain.
Wait until the skies clear up when it’s heavier than that or if there’s lightning.
The last thing you want to do is end up with your truck or Jeep stuck out anywhere while a dangerous storm is blowing through.
The mud will still be there for days after that rain.
Use the Right Tires
The best tires to use for serious mudding is M/T mud terrain in order to retain traction longer without spinning your wheels.
Standard A/T tires will work to an extent, but they do still gunk up.
Access the Situation
Just like fording water, before driving through any muddy places, get out and assess the area to learn what your truck will be facing.
Though it might be impossible to know what’s under the mud unless it’s a popular mudhole used by lots of drivers, assess the type of mud and how soft it seems to be so you can plan how to tackle it.
Air Down for Better Traction
Another way to improve traction for successful mudding is to air down your tires so they are softer and the contact patch is larger.
Hard tires at higher pressure dig down into the mud; however, soft, flatter tires drive over and through mud more easily.
Slow And Steady Gets Through the Mud
Avoid spinning your tires trying to get through the mud too fast.
How fast is too fast?
That will depend on a lot of things including:
- Type and depth of the mud.
- Weight of the vehicle.
- Type of tires.
Drive into the mud with momentum but not enough to try speeding through it, then accelerate enough to keep that momentum going.
Getting too heavy with the gas pedal will have your truck tires spinning and sinking, which will most likely get your truck stuck and then need to be pulled or towed out of the mudhole.
Avoid Standing or Moving Water
Driving through standing water can really make a splash; however, it’s especially dangerous if you have no idea what’s below the surface or even how deep that water and mud actually goes.
Get out and test the water to see and if you just can't tell, avoid it.
The same goes for driving through mud with moving water over it as flowing water can make getting through mud harder and more dangerous, especially if it starts pushing your modded-up weekend warrior.
Have A Winch Nearby
An inevitability of mudding is that eventually, you will get stuck.
Prepare for the event with winch bumpers on your truck or at least another truck in your trail party, and then getting stuck is only a minor issue because you can winch out and try it again.
Adding a winch bumper with a powerful winch to your truck or Jeep is one of the more important preparations to make if you really like the mud and plan on spending lots of time playing in it.
Let's Add This Up
Getting that Jeep or truck covered in mud will be tons of fun as long as you actually get through those mudholes.
Approached the right way, mudding is an exciting activity to test your obstacle negotiating skills and feel like a little kid at the same time.
Use these practical mudding tips to spend more time driving, not getting unstuck!