Gnarly.I was in a situation on a steep climb, on rocks, when my rear passenger tire slipped off the rock and down into a deep hole, which caused the weight to shift and the front of my Jeep to rise in the air. I nearly flipped backward and had literally a second to make a decision what to do.
First thing I did was to let off the gas and apply the brake, but my momentum had pushed the nose up dangerously high. I then shifted into reverse (with my automatic, from 1st gear which is 4 clicks 'up' to get to reverse). I then gave a small amount of throttle to bring the nose down, but making sure to keep one foot on the brake to keep from rolling backward down the hill. Once my front tires touched the ground I had to maneuver the vehicle backward carefully to get to a more stable spot. It was all done in a few seconds and I had prevented a roll-over, but just barely.
If I was in a vehicle with manual transmission, I could have simply put in the clutch and applied a little brake and gravity would have brought my nose down a little sooner. With an automatic you need to plan ahead how many clicks you might need to go up to get to neutral or reverse. This is something you can practice (on flat ground) if you want to memorize the position of the shifter and the shift pattern to get you into the gear you want.
It was all caught on video, and pictures, and one picture was published in 4 Wheeler magazine as a permanent reminder to be careful, keep your cool and plan ahead!
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The woman in the photo holding my tire was taken after I had stablized the vehicle - but I had to wait for her to let go so I could bring my wheels back down. DON'T DO THIS!!
Sliding a fully loaded 26ft box truck backwards down a ice covered mountain switch back road is one of the scariest things I have had to do. I can't imagine doing the same with a heavy trailer.I once failed to make a hill, covered in snow /ice,in a ton and half flatbed pulling a dump trailer .
Backing down a hill is one thing .
Sliding down one with a trailer and houses below you on either side of the road is another.
To answer the question , carefully, any way I could .
It was horrible , and of course , when you freak out , everything about backing a trailer goes out the window. I got pretty lucky . A curb , tree and fence caught me.Sliding a fully loaded 26ft box truck backwards down a ice covered mountain switch back road is one of the scariest things I have had to do. I can't imagine doing the same with a heavy trailer.