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Under normal circumstances, never drive on salt pans. Never park on the pan while inspecting the surface. A healthy pan can swallow a vehicle in minutes.
Walk the pan. If the surface feels firm, dig a hole about ½ metre deep: if you find dry ground all the way, then it may be safe to proceed. Drive slowly in low range 3rd or 4th. Always stick close to the edges of the pan or near to, but not on, existing vehicle tracks. If you start to bog down, stop gently and reverse out.

• Try reversing slowly without wheel spin whilst turning the steering wheel side to side, or;
• Select 2nd low range and then without touching the gas just turn the key to start it. The starter motor will drive smoothly for 5-10 feet before the engine starts. Since the starter motor doesn’t have all that much power it won’t spin the wheels. This only works on manual transmissions.
• For recovery when bogged, it is possible to lift the rear end and slew it sideways for a better position for grip. If forward movement looks impossible, reverse out of trouble.

• These methods in mud or sand can save hours of digging.
• If traction is lost, it may be possible to place the airbag jack underneath the wheel so that it can be lifted. This usually allows one axle to regain sufficient traction to drive or be pulled clear, little by little, with the bag remaining in place but rolling under the vehicle.
• Try lifting the wheels and filling the holes with any material available that will provide traction for the wheels.
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