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How to Get a Truck Stuck in Mud Out

Updated: March 2021

Your ride can come to a mucky, dirty halt instantly if you find yourself stuck in mud.

First, here's what not to do. According to Popular Mechanics, when you mash the gas pedal, it will only dig a bigger hole. Instead, you should pause and dig yourself out the right way.

Here's what you need to set yourself up for success.

A truck's wheel stuck in the mud.

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Getting Your Stuck Truck Out by Yourself

If you're going to be handling your stuck truck solo, you have two main options to choose from.

The Rocking Method

According to Consumer Reports, try keeping the wheels straight and press down gently on the gas pedal. Then rock the car forward and back by switching between drive and reverse. If the tires start spinning, stop and change the direction. Use winter mode if your transmission has it. If you have a manual transmission, put it in second gear. If you're successful and your truck starts moving, don't stop until you reach solid ground.

Add Traction

The first step in adding traction is to spread sand in your tracks, says Consumer Reports, especially near the drive wheels. If you happen to have cat litter that is not clay-based, that could work as well. You can also try car floor mats, a trunk liner or commercial traction aid.

Use a Winch

Outside Online advises having a winch that weighs 1.5 to 2 times your truck's gross vehicle weight rating. You can winch off another vehicle or use the winch on your vehicle to pull another free, according to Outside Online. If you don't have the help of another vehicle, a sturdy tree or steady upright object can work too

Get a Tow

Sometimes you just need to call in the pros. Whether you've tried other options or don't want to risk causing damage or digging a deeper rut, calling on a reputable towing service is always something to be considered.

What's more, Allstate Roadside Assistance is a great way to ensure you're never marooned for long. Fast, trackable tows are available 24/7 and available across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. And three service options mean you have the freedom to choose what works best for you.

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