Friday, July 12, 2019

THE BEST SPRAY IN BED LINER

by on July 12, 2019

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Spray-in bed liners are hard bedliners that are made to protect your truck bed. They are typically made from polyurea and polyurethane elastomer which sticks directly to the truck's cargo area. Spray-in bedliners will not fall out or shift as your truck moves. When installed accurately, they also block water, grime, and other environmental elements from damaging your truck bed. Most bed liners have a gritty consistency to them, to prevent objects from shifting or sliding around in your truck bed.

When it comes to picking the best spray in bedliner for your truck, there are several bedliner companies to consider. However, three top manufacturers typically come to mind. These manufacturers are ArmorThane, Line-X, and Rhino Linings. Explore the information below about each manufacturer:
ArmorThane:
ArmorThane – ArmorThane is the counterpart of Rhino Linings, and users consider it to be indestructible. There truly is no comparison between all the name brand bedliners and ArmorThane. Especially when you add in customer services and all the charity done by this company. They believe in giving back to those that made them who they are. This is not to take away from their fantastic work on bedliners. You will not find a better quality more indestructible.

Even in extremely harsh weather, movement within the truck bed with an ArmorThane spray-in bedliner is practically nonexistent. Tests show that even after spilling materials such as oil and lacquer thinner on this bed lining, no destruction was visible. No bedliner can stand up to the toughness of an ArmorThane Bedliner.

Reviews online also state that if you want to choose a spray in bed liner that would last your entire life, ArmorThane is the best option. Customers of the bedliner say that nothing seeps through this bedliner and no scratches are ever reported seen after several years.

ArmorThane lists the following benefits to their product on their website:
No scratching paint
Maximized cargo space
Wide range of colors and OEM color match
No worry with the fit; fits all sizes, shapes
No vibration or noise
No fading, warping, cracking
Easy to clean
Increased resale value

"ArmorThane shows Performance TV how to prep a BedLiner."


"Applying ArmorThane Bed Liners"



2. Line-X – While people protest that Rhino Linings make the side walls look sagging, Line-X is a good choice for those who want them to look more molded in appearance. As compared to Rhino Linings, Line X seems to be more durable, especially for people who are going to use their trucks on a regular basis. Line-X keeps the truck looking flawless while Rhino Linings develops tears, and the texture is almost rubbery, which is off-putting to most that encounter it.

A territorial manager of a Line-X store confirmed that Line X is more durable than Rhino Linings because of a superior curing process. While Rhino Linings follow a low-pressure curing system which makes them less durable, Line X is made from a high-pressure curing system. According to their website, "Line-X's range of tough, durable coatings are guaranteed to protect your truck and more from the harshest of elements… In addition to customizing trucks and SUVs, we excel at delivering advanced protective coatings solutions with commercial, municipal, industrial, and manufacturing applications."

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3. Rhino Linings – Rhino Linings is most well-known for its ability to decrease the road noise when it is used on the pickup bed. It is also a versatile product which can be used at a lot of places without any hassles. The brand is trusted and loved by truck owners because of its reliability. Reviewers of the product also praise the way only a hose is required to wash off the truck and make it as good as new after Rhino Linings has been used and things like bulk sand, Belgian Block, firewood and others have been carried. It's essential to get these linings from a reputable installer.

Rhino Linings come with a lifetime warranty, but it's imperative to have a professional install the lining initially to ensure it's quality. The government experimented on various spray-on technologies for bomb protection, and as per that report, ArmorThane was the only one that passed the test.

Just like ArmorThane, Rhino Linings has been around for "more than a quarter century" and have gained distinction as "superior quality, strength, and durability" according to their website. They also have more than 2,000 independently-owned and operated businesses in almost 80 countries.


5 CHEAP ways to build your truck!

by on July 12, 2019
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Coming at you with another one of those five things articles.
So these are gonna be the five ways that you can build your truck for less. I know a lot of people, you know, they go out and they'll buy a truck and then they want to build it up. But not everybody has the budget to build something crazy right off the bat. So we're going to go over some of the ways that you can save some money.

So the first thing on our list today, we're gonna be talking about wheels. So, obviously, that is one
of the first modifications that many people make
when they are going to build their truck. What is hot right now is, clearly,he big, giant, polished forged wheels, however, those things come in at a pretty hefty price.

So one of the ways that you can combat that price is to use a standard cast wheel, however, there is a lot of companies out there now that are making the wheel designs that are, you know, mimicking the
forged wheel patterns. I know one of the ones recently that everybody at the shop is falling in love with is the TIS 544. So, in chrome, that the wheel looks very similar to some of your specialty forged moreover, American Force forged wheels. However, it comes in at a much lower price point, moreover, in my opinion, it's easier to clean. Forged wheels definitely take some time because it's not a chrome finish, contrary to popular belief. It's fully polished, so that means you cannot just go around and wipe them down with a microfiber.

You need to take them in to be polished when they do get filthy. With a chrome wheel, you can use, like, we have our own wheel care kit. You can use Custom Offset shine kit, and it's super easy. You can do that right at home. Spray them down with some water, and then clean them up using our shine kit. The other option, too, is to just stick with the classic, clean Moto Metal 962. Plenty of people hate on the Moto Metals because it's a Moto metal, but there's really nothing wrong with them. And that 962 in a chrome finish is just really simple and clean. And, again, you're gonna get that polished look without having to spend the forged price. Number two on the list is wheel-related also, but in a different aspect. So one of the things that those forged wheel companies do is, because they're custom made to order, they're drilled to your bolt pattern, so they have, usually, exposed lug nuts. Now, in cast wheels, typically you're gonna find a dual drilled wheel, so that means that one single wheel can be used on multiple vehicles. And the reason why wheel companies do that is because it allows them to make one mold for two different vehicles. So that's part of how they can keep some of the pricing down.

But one of our favorite companies out there right now is Hostile, and that's simply because they make some killer looking wheels and they have exposed lug nuts as wellThere's other wheel companies out there, also, that do the same thing. They give you the exposed lug nuts that you can run the spikes. And there's various companies, also, that are starting to really make the cap shallower.
So, moving on to number three, we're gonna talk a little bit about lift kits.

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Now, one of the best ways to save money, two good examples are BDS and Zone. So, it's pretty commonly known in the truck world that BDS is the parent company of Zone.
So, if you're buying a Zone kit, you can save some money,
but you still get the same engineering aspects
that go into the BDS kit. But they're able to produce the Zone kits for a more affordable price point.And a lot of that has to
do with material selection or finishes, and then, as well,
as just the shocks that come with it. So, like on a BDS kit,
most people are getting the Fox shocks. On the Zone kit you can get, like, the Zone adventure series, and that helps, again, keep that cost down when you're
looking to build your truck. Then again, if you don't want to step up to the Zone price point either, and you're literally just looking for the cheapest thing possible, there is nothing wrong with Rough Country.
One of the guys, actually, multiple people at the shop
run Rough Country kits on their trucks, because, if you just want a six inch lift and you do not necessarily care how good it rides, you get the Rough Country. It is not like it is that terrible. They ride pretty decently.

You can check out, we actually did a history of Rough Country video/Check that out. It kind of explains in detail, you know, the history behind Rough Country and what goes into their kits. The fourth way to save some money when you're looking to build your truck is to cheap out on tires.
Now, some people are gonna say that you shouldn't cheap out on tires. I personally agree. I think tires are really important because that's the only thing keeping your vehicle attached to the roadway. Really important in cars, but in trucks, if you're just driving a show vehicle and you're going to and from the meets, you're not taking it off road, you're not doing any high speed driving, if you want to get a cheap tire, that's fine by me.

So a couple companies out there that do make good, cheap tires, we just did a five things video about cheap tires. You want to specifically check that out. But, just off the top of my head, AMP makes a good tire. We run those on our Hummer. Atturo makes a good tire. We've had that on a couple different vehicles. And then Federal with the Couragia M/T, super aggressive mud tireand really affordable. I had a set of those and, I mean, they do what you need a cheap tire to do. So, lastly, number five. If you're looking to save some money on your truck, initially, right off the
bat, there is one thing that you can do that can save you a ton of money, especially if you're
just looking to show up at the Walmart meets and look cool, just bu y a gasser. Not everybody needs a diesel.
But, then again, they are pretty fun.

So Sean, actually, he has a gasser C-O 2, which is our big, giant white 2500.
Probably gonna make some people mad by telling you guys this, but that's a gasser. It's not the diesel. I'm driving a Duramax now, but our white truck is just a gasser.
And people love it, so there's nothing wrong with them.

If you have a suggestion, make sure you drop it
in the comments. I have to figure out how to get back to the shop, because I've just been driving and talking and I have no idea where I am.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Avoid A Lemon, Read This Truck Article!

by on April 30, 2019



You may not have a good car buying experiences in the past. You will now be reading over things that can help you score the right deal that you deserve when you're buying a new or used vehicle.

When you shop for a car, you must know what you need before you leave the house. How much money can you willing to spend? How big does your car need to be for the amount of people are you going to transport? How many miles to the gallon would you like? Do you want two door or four doors? Make a list of all the qualities you want your car to have.

When negotiating, think about the entire price, not just the monthly payment. Dealers will do anything and everything to get you that monthly price, but it will just increase the total price you pay. Negotiate the best price total you can for the course of your lease.Then figure out what that works out to on a monthly payment will be.

Don't ever pay the sticker price for your car. This number is not an accurate reflection of what the dealer believes it can get from you.

Bring a friend on your shopping day.You could take your buddy, parent or partner.

When you're looking for a vehicle, try purchasing something that will cost you less in gas. You may be yearning for a big V-8 that can use to tow things.

Call your bank about financing you need for the vehicle you are interested in. This is simply for your own safety. Though dealership finance departments may be able to secure a lower rate for your car loan, it's still wise to know what the interest rates will be prior to shopping.

Most salespeople have monthly goals or quotas to make. Use this system to your advantage by shopping for a car dealership at the end of the month. Salesmen who have yet met their quote will be more willing to negotiate. This additional pressure will let you have more room for lowering the asking price.

Try renting cars to get a car in order to test it out.This will give you get a chance to spend some time driving the vehicle. Go on a trip to see how the car with your family to decide if it fits you well. This will allow you make the money on it.

Purchasing a new vehicle can be both exciting and exciting. There are many sites that consolidate information from various private owners and dealerships so that you to compare specs and models. This can assist you money and time by narrowing down choices.

Call the dealership to find out if they have the model you desire in stock. If you visit them, the salesperson may try to sell you a car that you don't want. If you are interested in a van but there are none there, you've wasted your time. Calling in advance can save you time.

Check online for prices within your city as well as in nearby cities.Researching price trends online can give you figure out where to get the lowest price.

Check the service department found at any dealer you are considering. Ask around to see if you can find out what people think.Call the department and get advice from them. Select a dealership with smart sales and caring.

You might not get a great deal on it, but you should be flexible as you do have a sales price on the new car you like.

Find out all the extras in your final bill. Different cars have different costs in maintenance, fuel efficiencies, resale values, and maintenance costs. Find out what octane of gas, variety of oil, etc. These are all factors that can make a substantial difference in the total cost of owning the car.

Choose a model that is famous for being cheap and on which the repairs are relatively inexpensive. You want to avoid spending a lot of cash every other month just to stay functional. Look online to figure out the model is best for you.

Now, you should be well prepared to find your next vehicle. It shouldn't be an unpleasant experience when you are trying to purchase a car. Use this advice to get the car you want at a great, low price!

Friday, March 29, 2019

WHERE TO GO OFF-ROADING IN THE OZARKS

by on March 29, 2019






It’s summertime in the Ozarks! Those are words most of us can't wait to hear. Although it's still a few months away, there is no reason not to plan ahead and get those four wheeling spots plotted out ahead of time. All-terrain vehicles are a favorite of Ozarkers to zip around tracks, off the road in the woods and feel the wind on a hot summer day. There are tons of great spots to get out and go four wheeling around Springfield. Here are a few places with delegated zones for ATVs and additional recreational vehicles!






SOGGY BOTTOM MX PARK
350 Bohmont Road
Sparta, MO 65753
Drive from SGF: 45 Minutes
(417) 861-9197 - Doug
(417) 425-4354 - Dan
(417) 634-2277 - Danny

GPS: 37.0054948,-92.909713
Image result for SOGGY BOTTOM MX PARK spartaSoggy Bottom Motorcross Park is just a short distance from Springfield with tons to contribute for thrill seekers. They have specific courses for four-wheelers and dirt bikers alike. 
There are three main tracks to run that feature a variety of trails to keep you on your toes. There’s a 110-acre tract of land to play in. Most of the action here is for dirt bikers, but they welcome anyone who wants to come out! Fans of the park rave about the owners who are described as being super helpful and very friendly. They also have campgrounds and cabins for people on a weekend excursion. Plus, it’s affordable! Only $20 per day per rider is a great value!



Description: 1100 acres of trails, MX Track, and EnduroX track in one location. Host to several races, series and Ironman Competition.

Camping: Yes, limited RV hookups, hot showers, and pavilion.
Hours: Saturdays 10     AM - Dark

Fees: Open riding $15

Primitive camping sites for $10 a night, electric and water for campers for $20 a night, and then basic cabins for $20 a night.









BUFFALO MX
Hayes Road
Buffalo, MO 65622
(417) 345-6981



Drive from SGF: 45 Minutes


This open terrain motocross track is about one mile long and consists of a blend of loamy soil, sawdust and some hard-pressed segments, a large uphill triple and various table-tops. This is another track that is just a little drive from the Queen City, about 45 minutes north of Buffalo. The course has plenty of jumps for the more experienced rider and plenty of room to practice too! It’s also just $20 per rider per day and only $3 for spectators.



SOUTHERN MISSOURI OFF ROAD RANCH
5722 State Highway K
Seymour, Missouri 65746
(417) 773-4084
Drive from SGF: 40 Minutes
Southern Missouri Off Road Ranch is commonly referred to as SMORR. It’s easily one of the most popular off-road tracks in the state. They have something for motorists of any age and any experience level. There are an enormous 940 acres of land with tons of different areas to play on. The only downside is that they no longer allow four-wheelers or dirtbikes. This area is more for side by sides and UTVs. But the plus side is that it looks like so much fun! 







CHADWICK MOTORCYCLE AND ATV USE AREA
State Highway H
Chadwick, MO
(417) 683-4428 


Located in the Mark Twain National Forest, Chadwick is a colossal plot of land with some challenging trails and endless possibilities for riders. There are approximately 80 miles of trails to navigate with many different kinds of terrain. It’s also astonishingly cheap! Just $7/day for riders. They also have some great deals on season passes for repeat visitors. No overnight camping is allowed at the park, but you can always grab a hotel nearby. You’re also going to need to pick up a permit to use ATVs on the proprty, which you can get at the Christian County Clerk’s Office.




If you plan on driving your truck and transporting any type of cargo or exposing it to the unpredictable elements of the great outdoors, you need a bedliner that is going to last as long as the lease to your truck is on. If you want the ultimate off-roading bedliner to protect your truck against cracking, bubbling, or flaking ArmorThane's new ArmorLiner selection of spray-on bed liners is exactly what you're looking for!

Monday, March 18, 2019

(Automated) Trucking all over the world

by on March 18, 2019

America's military will soon be recruiting electronic drivers



Military drivers, though, have to deal with problems beyond those that make civilian driving hazardous. The average commute or school-run, even in the most dangerous parts of an American city, is rarely subject to booby traps, ambuscades or attack by rocket-propelled grenades. 

Nor, despite the macho, four-wheel-drivers of suburban sports-utility vehicles, do most such trucks spend much time off-road in the way that an army truck bedliner is likely to. 

The problem of automating military vehicles, then, is a hard one. But Oshkosh Defense, a firm based in Wisconsin, is having a go.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

In Defense of Off-Roading

by on August 30, 2018
Off-roading just doesn’t square with a lot of people’s vision of responsible outdoor recreation. I think those people have it wrong. Allow me to explain.

Off-Roaders Don’t Actually Go Off-Road

Image result for Off-Roaders Don’t Actually Go Off-RoadProbably the biggest misconception about “off-roading” is that people just go out and drive wherever they please. This simply isn’t true. Virtually all off-road driving takes place on designated dirt roads, trails, or in special off-highway vehicle (OHV) areas. In fact, “off-highway” (as in off-pavement) is a much more accurate name for the collection of sports that make up off-roading—it just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
I spoke with Sam Logan and Molly Chiappetta of Stay the Trail Colorado, a nonprofit that promotes responsible, ethical off-highway vehicle use in that state. They spend their time visiting OHV trailheads and events and informing trail users of environmentally responsible ways to enjoy their vehicles. They say that staying on-trail is the most important thing off-roaders can do to minimize their impact—and that the vast majority of participants are good about doing that. Exact statistics on how many off-roaders leave designated trails are impossible to calculate, but Chiappetta describes them as “the one percent who give us all a bad name.”
“Many roads or trails have been in place for decades,” Chiapetta says. Some even started as wagon tracks in the 1800s. The soil is compacted and stable, making it able to stand up to the weight of vehicles passing over it. On such routes, off-roaders can safely travel into or through fragile ecosystems without further damaging them, she says.
“If a hiker starts a devastating fire, the world at large doesn’t get the idea that hiking is a negative activity,” says Duane Taylor, executive director of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, referring specifically to last year’s Eagle Creek Fire, which was started when a teenage day hiker threw fireworks into dry brush in Mount Hood National Forest. Yet readers don’t complain about our hiking coverage.
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Just like other forms of outdoor recreation, off-roading is a self-policing community. Flyers like this one are posted at trailheads and OHV parks and distributed to participants. Violations incur fines. (Stay the Trail)

The Environmental Footprint Isn’t as Bad as You Think

So we’ve established that most off-roaders aren’t tearing up fragile landscapes. But what about the deleterious effects of the fuel the vehicles burn, you might ask?
Sure, I do burn a lot of fuel in my old Land Rover, which averages about 11 miles per gallon when I take it off-road. During a typical camping trip in the Land Rover, I’ll do roughly 100 miles on dirt. According to the calculator on CarbonFootprint.com, the off-road portion of that trip (I’m not including highway miles here, since I assume we all drive somewhere occasionally to pursue our hobbies) nets .08 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
The thing is, I don’t actually take the Land Rover off-roading all that often. More often, I’ll fly, visiting family, going on work trips, taking vacations, or this year, buying our first house with my girlfriend in Montana. To do that, we’ve flown from Los Angeles to Bozeman five times this year, a trip that nets .44 tons of CO2 for each round-trip.
One of the main reasons for that move is to enable us to spend more time outdoors without the need to get on an airplane or log tons of highway miles. We will actually be reducing our carbon footprint substantially by off-roading more and flying less.
Hands down my favorite thing to use the Land Rover for is hunting, which replaces store- or restaurant-bought meat in our diet with a healthier, wild-caught alternative. It also helps reduce our carbon footprint even further: 2.2 pounds of beef creates .027 metric tons of carbon pollution. The average American eats 79.3 pounds of beef every year. If I replace that beef in our diet with elk and venison, it offsets 2,200 miles of off-roading. I will do far less than that this fall by netting far more wild game.
My point here is that it’s the regular cycle of consumption that accounts for the majority of pollution we create, not any hobby that we’re only able to enjoy infrequently. 

You Go Off-Road, Too

According to the U.S. Forest Service, I’m not alone in using its system of OHV trails to hunt and fish. In fact, 74 percent of people who off-road in our national forests are doing the same at some point in the year. And it’s not just those activities, which also suffer from inaccurate perceptions: 11.4 percent of people using those OHV trails are going backpacking, 22 percent are going mountain biking, 38 percent are birding, and 76 percent are enjoying time with their families.
“As a whole, OHV users are more active in every single recreation activity relative to the general U.S. population,” states the USFS. “For some activities, OHV users participate at more than twice the national rate.”
“The people who participate are not who you think they are,” says Taylor, of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council. “They’re families. They’re people who are visiting remote areas that are virtually inaccessible by any other means. And just like you, they’re people enjoying nature.”
The point of this article isn’t to convince you that off-roading somehow has less impact on the environment than going for a hike—it doesn’t. It’s simply to argue that the hobby doesn’t deserve its reputation as a villainous scourge on the planet. Our larger community of outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers is too often guilty of denigrating otherwise like-minded people who look different from them or enjoy nature in different ways. We shouldn’t do that. Especially right now with our public lands under threat, us outdoorsy types need to stick together and find common ground from which we can defend the natural world we all love.

Tips for Safe Off-Roading

by on August 30, 2018

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Thinking about taking your first off-road riding adventure? Regardless of whether you're heading to your favorite fishing spot that's off the beaten path, or taking the family out for a drive on the beach, being prepared for an off-road adventure is a must. Check out these off-roading tips for a successful trip.


Choose the Right 4WD Vehicle
First of all, the type of off-road adventure you can have depends on your four-wheel (4WD) drive vehicle. Many of today's 4x4s are not designed for specific off-road activities. For dangerous off-road adventures, you'll want a 4x4 with a chassis frame that's built to withstand the punishment of off-road obstacles. In other words, a crossover may not cut it.


Before You Leave Home
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Vehicle details:

Know how your 4x4 system works and how to use the controls.
Know where the spare tire and jack are located and how to use them.
Know your vehicle's dimensions including height, width, length, approach angle, departure angle, and ramp angle so that you can pass through tight areas without damage.
Know where the lowest point of clearance is located.
Get used to driving your 4x4. Get a feel for its size and operating characteristics.
Practice using the low-ratio gearbox.
If your vehicle is furnished with manual locking hubs, try them out.
Know where your engine's air intake and engine computer are located so you'll know the maximum depth of water that you can cross.
Maintenance:

Check your tires (including the spare) to ensure they are in excellent condition and inflated correctly. Look under your vehicle for any leaks or mechanical problems. Make sure all of your fluids are topped off. Check the status of your steering and brakes. All repairs should be carried out before leaving home.
Keep track of maintenance on filters, belts, and hoses and keep all fluids topped up.
Safety precautions:

Pack all of the appropriate "emergency" supplies.
Be aware of changing weather conditions before you go.
Travel with at least one passenger, and at least one other vehicle whenever possible. Let someone know where you are going, and set a time to contact them to let them know you are okay. Don't forget to take along their phone number and the local police headquarters' phone number.
Pay attention to how you load your vehicle. Loads should be distributed evenly within the car if possible. Loads behind the rear axle will sag the rear of the vehicle, limiting your departure angle and clearance. If you have a roof rack fitted, be aware of weights and how they are distributed. Excessive loads will change the center-of-gravity, thus making the vehicle less stable. Also, remember the additional height of your car due to the rack.

Rules of the "Road"
Image result for Rules of the "Road"Here are a few guidelines to follow when you are traveling on a path or open land:

Environment:

Don't blaze a new trail. Instead, stay on the traditional way. Your large SUV will damage the ground and embankments by leaving ruts that will deepen and erode with each passing rain.
Don't litter -- not even a cigarette butt or a candy wrapper. 
Don't spin your tires and tear up the soil, as it breaks the surface crust and leads to erosion when it rains.
Should you need to pile stones up to get over an obstacle, then be sure to put the rocks back where you found them afterward.
Don't disturb the wildlife; this includes plants and animals. You are treading on their turf.
Safety:

Drive slowly.
Just as on the street, stay right to avoid oncoming traffic. If common sense tells you it's safer to move left instead of right, then do so. If there is only room for one vehicle to pass, the rule is the more maneuverable vehicle, or the more experienced driver should yield the right-of-way.
When two vehicles meet on a grade, and there isn't a safe place to pull over, the vehicle traveling uphill has the right of way. It is safer for the car going downhill to back up, and it will be much easier for the downhill vehicle to get underway.
Keep the driver's side of the vehicle close to obstacles so you can judge distances more accurately. (don't forget about the rest of the car!)
When riding through deep ruts, pay attention to the track. Heavily used paths often become deeply rutted, to the point where it is impossible to drive without getting the undercarriage hung up. To prevent this, drive with one wheel in the rut and the other wheel on the middle hump. If there is enough room on the side, drive with one wheel on the hump, and one on the far side of one of the ruts.


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Off-Roading Tips for Emergency Situations
Sooner or later, your vehicle is likely to get stuck or experience mechanical failure. If you pack the necessary tools and supplies, you should be able to get underway again. Here's what to do if you stall, get stuck, or break down.
If you stall: If your vehicle is about to stall on steep incline or decline, do not depress the clutch! This could cause the car to "freewheel," and you could lose control very quickly. Instead, first turn off the ignition and apply the foot brake very hard. Then apply the parking brake. After selecting a suitable route back down the hill, slowly depress the clutch, put it in reverse, let the clutch out, and simultaneously release the parking brake and the foot brake slowly. Then start the engine. With an automatic transmission, never shift the gear lever to "park," as this may lock the transmission and you may not be able to release it without the aid of a winch.

If you get stuck: If you get stuck on a rock, stump or log, survey the situation first to determine the best way to free the vehicle without damaging it. If you're stuck on an object that can be moved, jack up the car and clear away the obstacle. If you're stuck on an object that can't be moved, jack up the vehicle and fill under the tires so that you can drive over the obstacle. Try letting some of the air out of your tires (to about \0 psi) -- remember to air them up again as soon as you can. (Remember that lowering tire pressure also reduces the vehicle's overall height and therefore the vehicle's ground clearance.) Lock the differential locks (if fitted), and use as high a gear as possible. After shoveling away the mud, dirt, sand, or snow that is blocking the tires, clear a path in the direction, you'll be traveling so the tires can get enough traction. Carpet strips, wood, floor mats, brush, rocks, clothing, or sleeping bags can be placed as traction aids under the tires in the direction of travel.

If you still can't get out: Jack up the vehicle and fill the area under the tires with sand, rocks, logs, brush, packed snow or any combination of these. If the jack sinks into the ground, use a piece of wood as a base. (Never crawl under a vehicle that is supported by a jack!)

The best way to get unstuck is by using a winch. A winch takes the hard work out of vehicle recovery. It also allows a lone vehicle a means of freeing itself. Another car can be used as an anchor, but natural anchors, such as trees, stumps, and rocks, are the handiest. 

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