Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Car Year: 2012
Car Model: Outback
Turn off TC for all wheels slipping
I still need to verify this, since I have not taken the OB to the beach yet, but my understanding is that TC/ATC/VDC works similar to ABS by applying limited braking to the slipping wheel. Normally this is a good idea. But, if the vehicle is on a surface where all wheels are slipping, i.e. ice or sand, the engine starts fighting the brakes. Turn off TC/ATC/VDC and use your driving skills.
At one time, I found a youtube video of someone burning up their clutch on a beach. Presumably TC/ATC/VDC was left on.