Topic: Going Down a Hill Too Steep to Climb Back Up
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A common mistake made by the novice off-road driver is going down a hill that is too steep to climb back up. If you are with a bunch of experienced off-road enthusiasts with Jeeps and winches and lots of cables, this is a recoverable mistake. But as the owner of a sport utility vehicle you are not likely to have the gear along to get you out the mess you will be in.

In our top photograph here we show an SUV traveling down a steep incline and the driver has come upon some large rocks in front of the vehicle (yellow circle). Further travel downhill is not possible. Now look at the bottom photograph. Our driver has not only traveled down a steep hill but has done so over a winding course (see red arrow). Backing the SUV up out of this predicament is going to be all but impossible.

If you find yourself traveling down hill when off the road, pay very close attention to how steep, winding, and narrow the road is becoming as you drive along. Always watch for places to turn around before it becomes too late.
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