RE­COV­ERY GUIDE: SPARE TYRE GROUND AN­CHOR

FRESH OUT OF IDEAS? THERE IS ONE LAST-DITCH EF­FORT, BUT IT’S A DOOZY.

4 x 4 Australia - - Contents - WORDS AND PHO­TOS DANIEL EVERETT

THERE’S a lot to be said about us­ing pun­ish­ment for learn­ing. A quick bop on the nose teaches your dog to stop sniff­ing around the bar­be­cue, a hefty fine in the mail teaches us not to speed, or, in ex­treme cases, an overnight stay in the clink lets us know Mr. Plod thinks we should have a few less beers next time we’re in Kings Cross.

Fol­low­ing that same logic, this next re­cov­ery tech­nique is a sure­fire way to teach you never to get stuck again be­cause the pun­ish­ment far out­weighs the crime. So, there you are, trundling along the beach by your­self on a week day. You’ve for­got­ten the Max­trax, the ex­haust jack is sit­ting on the shelf, and you ne­glected to back off the loud pedal be­fore sink­ing axle deep in the soft stuff. With no one in sight and no trees to speak of, you’re left with one op­tion: bury your spare tyre and use it as an an­chor. This will be a les­son in preparedness you won’t soon for­get.

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