|Topic: Don't Get "High Centered"|
|If you see
an earthen barrier, known as a "berm" or a "tank trap",
the first thing to seriously consider is turning around and going back
the other way. The berm is usually placed there to keep off-road
vehicles from traveling on the road they protect. On public lands, these
berms are legally considered to be the same as a locked gate.
If you must cross a berm, be careful not to get high-centered. High-centered means that your SUV becomes stuck with the front or rear wheels clear off the ground. Note the red arrow in the top photograph. The berm will act like the fulcrum of a teeter totter and if it is tall enough, with steep slopes on both sides, your vehicle will come to rest on the top of the berm and be supported from the frame in the center of the SUV instead of from all four wheels on the ground.
The best way to avoid this problem is to give the SUV a quick punch on the gas pedal as you near the top of the berm to get up a little momentum. This momentum will carry you over the top. You may seriously damage the underside of your SUV with this maneuver however and we recommend that you just find another off-road route to travel.
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