What Anza motorists should know about driving in mud

It can be easy to get stuck and slip in slushy mud on Anza’s and Aguanga’s rural dirt roads, even with four-wheel drive. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
With the rains of winter arriving in recent weeks, local experts share some dirt road lore gleaned from years of experience and a lot of driving around on ice, mud, snow and sand.When the unpaved roads are saturated with an inch or two of precipitation they become slimy and sloppy. Veteran drivers say to try to drive in the middle of the road, move slowly and avoid jerky steering movements. In the event that the vehicle begins to slide, you are much less likely to end up in the ditch by traveling in the center of the roadway. This gives you room to counter the skid. If you find yourself sliding, steer in the direction of the slide to regain control of the vehicle.If road conditions get really difficult, cars may have a harder time than trucks or SUVs due to their lower ground clear
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