|Topic: Crossing Ditches and Gullies|
come upon small ditches and gullies that are over a foot or so deep, it
is best to cross them at an angle rather than straight on. This is done
so that the rear of the the vehicle does not get hung up on the edge of
the ditch if both rear tires are in the ditch at the same time. As a
vehicle pulls out of the ditch, the rear end of the vehicle will drag or
sometimes actually "hang-up", keeping the rear wheels in the
air over the ditch.
The top photograph shows that the driver has pulled all the way to the right side of the road (yellow arrow) so that he can begin a hard left turn to cross the ditch in the direction of the red arrow. This particular maneuver was done because the road actually takes a sharp turn just out of view of these photographs and the truck will be heading in the right direction on the road when the ditch is cleared. You may approach a ditch from any angle you think best to achieve the same results.
The middle photograph shows that only one of the front wheels is actually in the ditch at a time. The other remains on firm ground to pull the truck through the ditch. As the first one comes out of the ditch, the other goes in.
As you proceed slowly forward, continue the hard left turn in the direction of the yellow arrow in the bottom photograph. This will assure that the rear tires cross the ditch at an angle like the front tires did.
Always perform this maneuver at extremely slow speeds. Just crawl along until the ditch is cleared.
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