Even with all the safety sensors and electronic nannies, we still manage to get our rigs in some pretty precarious situations. From flops to wet socks, we've compiled more than three dozen of your best blunders, stucks, and mega whoops! Think you've got a whoops! that can top what you see here? Send a high-res digital photo measuring at least 1600 by 1200 pixels (or 2 megapixels) along with your interesting story to firstname.lastname@example.org. And those of you who still prefer the traditional way to mail, send us your prints and story to Whoops! at 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
We were looking for a house in the middle of nowhere, but we found this mud hole instead.
SGT. James Filidei, via 4wheeloffroad.com
This is what happens when you're driving a Bradley in eastern Baghdad and the road collapses!
My entire platoon except for one M1151 got stuck in this riverbed for several hours. Four broken 25,000-pound sling legs and many wet feet later, we were back to our mission.
Sgt. David Tuper, via 4wheeloffroad.com
Here's what happens when you let a radio operator drive a HMMWV.
Nick Tarvin, via 4wheeloffroad.com
Pass With Care
After trying to make a pass on an Iraqi street, we sank into this nasty ditch on the side of the road. It took a few minutes working the wheel and spinning the tires, but we were able to drive ourselves out. Unfortunately the smell is still with the vehicle.
The top of the creekbed looked dry enough, but as soon as our 15-ton ASV went forward it sunk like the Titanic! Thankfully, we had our 10-ton wrecker with us and another ASV.
Nick Hyatt, via 4wheeloffroad.com
While on a recon drive in southern Fallujah, a team got their HMMWV stuck. So we were called in with our AAVR-7 that popped them out without any issue.
Ssgt. Brian Galbreath
After five hours of sinking even further into the canal, we finally made it out. And the best part is the truck cranked right up the first time.
Pfc. Joshua Ayers
Now that's what I call a big hole!