Intro to Offroad: 7 Expert Tips
If you are in the market for a 4 wheel-drive vehicle, you will find yourself spoilt for choice. As a result of the growing popularity of 4WD vehicles, off-roading is fast becoming one of the most popular adventure activities to indulge in. Here are 7 tips from off-roading experts that will help ensure you off-road adventure goes off without a hitch.
1. Knowing the terrain makes all the difference when going off-roading.
Make sure to scout the location beforehand and take note of any impending hazards, such as ditches and tree stumps. If the area is popular with off-roading enthusiasts, it is possible to get detailed maps of the trail. Even if you cannot get your hands on a detailed map, carry at least a basic map.
2. Always take a buddy along.
Off-roading can be dangerous business and the last thing you need is to into trouble, without anyone else knowing about it. If you cannot go off-roading with other enthusiasts, make sure you take a friend along rather than going alone. Not only will your friend have a good time, it also helps to have someone around in case of a mishap.
3. Don’t push your vehicle beyond its limits.
Every 4-wheel drive vehicle has its limits. It doesn’t matter how harsh a terrain you have transverse before, pushing your vehicle to the limit is never a good idea. This is especially true if your 4WD vehicle is also your everyday car. If you ever doubt the ability of your vehicle to cross a particular trail or terrain, the safest bet is always to back off.
4. Make sure you have the right tires on.
Different terrains require different kinds of tires. If you haven’t mounted the right tires, it doesn’t matter if your vehicle is 4-wheel drive or not. If your vehicle is equipped with regular road tires, you will have to stick to easy off-road trails. Similarly, if you have fitted mud tires for going off-roading in water-logged areas, taking the vehicle out on the sand dunes is probably not the brightest thing to do.
5. Going up or down a slope? Avoid diagonal lines.
Whenever you are going up or down a slope, keep the vehicle as straight as possible. The natural instinct is to make you vehicle move in a diagonal line. However, that would be a big mistake; driving diagonally increases the chances of the vehicle rolling over. The steeper the slope, the straighter the vehicle needs to go.
6. Pump the brakes after driving through water.
It is not uncommon to see off-roading accidents caused due to brake issues. Most of the times, this is due to water logging in the brake pads. After you drive through a puddle, pump the brakes gently. This helps ensure that there is not water accumulated on the brake pads and that your brakes are working just fine.
7. Invest in a good quality winch.
Of all the 4WD accessories you can outfit your vehicle wit, nothing is more important than an electric winch. You could carry a tow cable, but it is of no use if there is no other car to tow you out when stuck. A good electric winch can easily bail out the biggest and toughest off-road vehicles. The next time you or a friend gets stuck in a ditch, you will be thanking yourself for investing in a high quality winch.
The 7 expert tips mentioned will ensure that your off-roading trip is hassle-free and safe, without sacrificing the element of adventure.
And the most important point is no matter what terrain you choose to go offroad, always keep the area clean and pack your rubbish on your way back to civilization. Lets take care of mother earth so that it takes care of us! Explore.Dream.Discover