While it can be an absolute fun to drive on the beaches or near big water bodies like a river, the tricky surface can quickly turn around the things for your car. As shown in this video, Mahindra XUV 500 goes on a sandy surface, which is common around the river beds and beaches and gets stuck royally.
What has happened here?
The video does not show the driving part of the Mahindra XUV 500. It starts showing the stuck SUV at the starting of the video and how all its efforts of getting out of the situation is turning out to be futile. The Mahindra XUV 500 is available in both 4X2 and 4WD options and unfortunately, the XUV 500 in the video is a 4X2 version. Most of the Indians think that high ground clearance and wide tyres are enough to get out of most of the difficult situations but that is not the case most of the times.
The Mahindra XUV 500 4X2 is a front-wheel driven set-up. The video shows how the vehicle gets stuck in the loose sand and is unable to rescue itself from the trap. A second video shows how the driver tries to increase the traction in the front wheels by putting a rock in the rear of the wheel but the wheel fails to grip the rock and gain traction. As the front wheels of the XUV 500 start to move freely, the vehicle dug itself deeper in the hole.
There is also a third video, which shows the rescue. After the failed attempts, a tractor reaches the spot to tow away the Mahindra XUV 500. We are not so sure about what happened at the spot but the XUV 500 occupants must have asked the locals for help. The tractor pulls out the Mahindra XUV 500 without much problem to ensure its safety.
From the looks of the vehicle, it seems like a brand new Mahindra XUV 500. It is the latest generation Mahindra XUV 500 and also gets a garland mounted on the front grille, which is used to welcome a new vehicle after getting blessings from a temple. The owners must have thought to have some fun and do little off-roading in their brand new SUV and it turned out pretty bad. While they must have found the help nearby, many off-road enthusiasts who get stuck like this keep on waiting for help for long hours and if there is no mobile phone network, calling for help becomes even more difficult.
It is absolutely important for any car owner to understand their vehicles completely. One should know all about their vehicles, especially the limitations. Even 4X4 vehicles have their limitation and enthusiastic owners love to keep themselves informed on the type of terrains the vehicles can go to.
The occupants of the XUV 500 seemed very less informed and were not prepared for this kind of situations. The easiest way to increase the traction on such surfaces is to lower the air pressure of the vehicle. Lowering the air pressure increases the surface area of contact between the tyre and the ground, which distributes the force on a larger area. It is imperative to know such tricks or have someone who has experience of off-roading while going on such adventures.