One of Tom’s jobs is to oversee transportation, which includes our drivers. About a month ago there was a Driver Training and since the road conditions are not always fabulous in the outside of the city (see here and road conditions here), I joined to see what I could learn.
The biggest thing I learned is that even if you have all the right equipment in the world, you do not ever want to get your car stuck in a river. Ever.
We did some practice on what to do if your (manual transmission) car stalls out when you are going up a steep dirt road (you start it in gear without the clutch in an down!), and we practiced using different all-wheel drive modes and low gears on some dicey roads, but it seemed like we spent the majority of our time getting cars stuck in rivers and practicing pulling them out. This was a good time with lots of people to help and nowhere to be, but I can say without a doubt, pulling a car out of a river, even with the right equipment, would not be a good way for Tom and I to spend our afternoon if we were trying to head out of town and get to a camp before dark.
First you get the car stuck in the river (on purpose of course),
Then you practice pulling it out:
It gets really tough when you get to this point: