Don’t Stop…Believe Me!

Seriously, I know most OTR (over the road) drivers may not relate here, because most of them do not deal with mudding. Yes, there is a lot of four-wheel pickup truck mudding going on the back roads and mud pits of America. I, however, am talking about big truck mudding. I’ve had quite a bit of experience at it.

When you deliver sand to oil field locations and it rains, you get mud. Extensive rain on those dirt and caliche roads gets you mud pits. At times, they can become dangerously deep.

Now, pickup mud trucking, like the kind my friends in Wisconsin have fun doing, isn’t like mudding in a screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-6-56-09-pmbig rig. When a pickup gets stuck in a mud pit, you can generally pull it out with another pickup using a rope or chain. When a big rig gets stuck in a mud hole, you have to find a big CAT tractor, or pay hundreds of dollars for a tow to get it unstuck. Above all, the main rule is, DON’T STOP!  

Similar to the rule for flooded streets, where you don’t cross water if you don’t know how deep it is, when you’re out on lease roads or playing around in a mud pit, the rule is the same—DON’T STOP.

A few months after driving my truck, I came upon a rained out lease road. It was littered with several mud holes, and looked to me to be too hazardous to cross. To my dismay, the dispatcher informed me that my load had to be delivered. I was to go through those mud holes regardless of my reservations. “Just DON’T STOP”, the dispatcher said.

That dispatcher was not my favorite person as I made my way through the first of many holes along that road. I did as she had suggested, I didn’t stop going through any of them and made it to location just fine. To her credit, I have only been stuck twice in my career as a truck driver. Both times were because I stopped while trying to make it through a mud pit.

So, if you ever decide you want to go mudding in a pickup or big rig, DON’T…well, you know.

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