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Is Your Car Stuck in Mud? Here’s What to Do (Step-By-Step)

Updated: Jan 9

Roads, fields, and temporary car parks may become marshes in rainy weather. Driving on them might get you stuck in the mud. Scroll down to see what to do if you get stuck in the mud and how to drive in muddy conditions.


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How to Free Your Car From Mud

  • Allow your tyres some wiggle room by moving your steering wheel back and forth and moving the vehicle back and forth.

  • Avoid spinning the wheels by accelerating in second gear for lower rpm and improved traction.

  • If this doesn't get you moving, deflate your tyres slightly to improve surface area and repeat the previous steps.

  • If this doesn't work try placing cardboard in front of the wheels to improve grip, vehicle mats, branches, and other objects can also be used for a similar effect.

  • Maintain your momentum once you've started moving, especially if you're on a hill.

  • Drive slowly at first to remove the mud from your tyres before continuing at a regular pace.

  • If possible, avoid driving in the tracks made by other cars.

  • Once out of the mud, check and look at your vehicle for any signs of damage, leaking brake lines, etc. Re-inflate your tyres if you deflated them.

When towing, avoid rapid movements; the person towing should ease away gently to take up the slack in the rope before pulling off.

Remember to carry traction boards with you the next time you need to drive through mud.

How to Drive in Muddy Conditions

Depending on which country you're from and what conditions and surfaces you encounter, you may find yourself driving on mud. These are some tips to keep in mind while driving in mud.

  • Use a lower gear. Drive in second or third gear if you have a manual transmission to maintain a consistent speed. 

  • Avoid braking or accelerating quickly.  If you suddenly slam on the brakes, your tyres will lose traction.

  • To navigate a slippery, muddy surface safely, you need to go forward at a steady speed.

Can Mud Harm My Vehicle?

As soon as you are out of your tight situation, schedule some time to wash your vehicle. It is important to wash off any thick mud under the car as soon as possible since it increases the risk of corrosion.

Dried-on dirt and mud can accumulate and be more difficult to remove. When left for an extended period of time, there is a higher chance that the paint will chip when you go to remove it.

Advice for Muddy Car Parks

  • Understand that it will take a while to leave the carparks, possibly several hours.

  • Be patient and turn off your engine as necessary if the car park is congested with vehicles in order to save fuel and reduce emissions.

  • Help out other motorists who could be in need.

  • Before attempting to move away, make sure your towing eye is visible. Later on, if you require a pull out of the mud, this will save you time. It normally screws on by removing a little plastic cover in the bumper, and is often kept in the boot with the jack.

  • Muddy wellies can easily slip on the pedals, so change into clean shoes or clean the ones you're wearing before driving.

  • Keep an eye out for anyone who can assist, large events often have crews.


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