- Be sure to carry plenty of drinking water and emergency supplies.
- Engage four-wheel drive before entering deep sand or mud.
- Don't gun the engine - this will spin the tires, dig you in deeper and could bury your vehicle to the frame. Smooth, easy power is better than too much power; use low gearing and just enough throttle to maintain forward movement.
- If you detect a loss of traction, turn the steering wheel rapidly from side-to-side - this might help generate traction.
- If your vehicle gets stuck, place solid materials (such as floor mats) under the tires to provide traction.
- If you're really stuck, it's best to stay with your vehicle. A stationary, stranded vehicle is much easier to locate than a person traveling on foot. Avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day; stay in the shade of your vehicle.