Testing your ability to drive in challenging conditions while getting downright filthy, off-roading or mudding is always a good time. Off-roading requires methodical thinking and careful route planning in the moment, increasing your skills as a driver. The freeing feeling of conquering the road less traveled, preferably in the middle of nowhere, is like nothing else.
With some planning, you’ll have a great time even if you end up stuck and stranded.
Don’t go alone
Always go on a mud adventure with friends. Preferably friends who own trucks comparable or bigger than your own. It’s also an excellent idea to always carry a shovel, strap, and/or chain on board that you can utilize to dig or pull yourself out of an extreme situation. If you don’t want these items clogging up your backseat, invest in a bed cover that will fit your truck. If you’re lucky enough to drive an F150, you can find an excellent Ford F150 bed cover at Midwest Aftermarket.
Plan on getting stuck
You should always plan to get trapped, that way you and your buddies can bide your time until help arrives. Ensure that you have everything you’d need to survive outside for a minimum of 24 hours. Food, drinking water, clothing to endure inclement weather, and a first aid kit are all necessary essentials before doing something that might end with you stranded in the middle of nowhere.
Bring extra water
Running your wipers while you’re up to your fenders in mud is a bad idea;and running them with any kind of mud on your windscreen is a bad idea. The particles found in mud are abrasive and can scratch your windshield. Instead, make sure you have extra water on hand to clean both the windshield and your hands several times while out enjoying the mud.
Thoroughly clean when finished
Mud seriously damages your truck, especially when left to dry and sit for a period of time. It can cause clogging in holes that would normally self-drain water—causing the water to maintain contact with the metal, leading to rust. It can also damage seals and brake pads leading to premature replacement.
It’s important to clean your truck post mudding as soon as possible. For stubborn, dry mud, and the undercarriage, you can place a sprinkler under your truck and run for a few hours to loosen and remove mud. You can also spray the undercarriage with Pam or WD40 before heading into the bog to remove the mud with less hassle afterwards. To keep your bed clean no matter the adventure, invest in a pickup bed cover.
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