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close up of truck stuck in the mud with crushed cinder block pieces piled up to help increase traction

This is the 2nd time I've managed to get the truck stuck in the mud this winter season.

Each time has been an opportunity to help gauge the limitations of its traction.

I think getting stuck pushes my "loss of power" buttons in the same way not knowing where I'm at does.

The lesson I've been trying to learn lately is to not get so bent out of shape when these dips in power happen. My first instinct is to react in a way that solves the problem in the easiest and quickest way possible, but my latest findings seem to indicate that there is often an advantage to stepping back and looking at a problem from a few different perspectives.

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Consider how a muddy road forms. If a path is ridden often, the topcover will erode away, leaving open soil. Add some water and you get mud. :-)

So there are several possible answers;

  • Make alternate routes so that a road that has eroded badly can be left alone for a while and has time to recover.
  • Add an erosion-resistant cover to the road, preferably from locally available materials
  • Improve the drainage.
  • A combination of one or more of the above.

If you have both clay and wood available, you could e.g. make bricks to cover the tracks.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sun Jan 9 17:22:54 2011

Yeah, yeah. We know those are the long term solutions, but barring a month and a few thousand dollars to work on the driveway, we tend to just work with the weather and try to drive when the ground is frozen or dry. :-)

Mark's been wearing away at me and stealing a few days a year to pour gravel into the driveway, so I figure in a decade or so, he'll have fixed it all up.

Comment by anna Sun Jan 9 19:02:06 2011

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