Tips and Tricks for Off-roading

May 25, 2024

Experience the outdoor environment like never before when you take your rig out to the trails. When you're a beginner, it can be a bit intimidating to look at a boulder crossing or a steep hill and wonder how you're going to traverse it safely. To help you avoid mishaps and accidents, here are some tips and tricks you can remember to get you to the finish of your first drive.

Use the Lowest Gear

Your 4WD vehicle usually comes equipped with a low-range transfer case that can be activated when needed. When you learn more about low range, you'll discover that it's a second set of gears that gives you extra power when you lower your RPMs. Low-range gears give you the ability to travel on rougher trails and harder obstacles as you explore the trails.

Prepare For Emergencies

Always have an emergency kit packed when you go off-roading. Many times, the trails are remote and cell service can be spotty. Have backup battery packs, printed maps of the trails you're on, a compass, and a first aid kit. Pack plenty of extra water and a box of perishable food items. A tool kit can go a long way toward helping you get back to civilization too.

Go Slow and Steady

Speed won't help you on an off-road adventure. It's best to go as slow as possible when navigating uneven terrain and obstacles. This kind of travel is for those who enjoy patience and perseverance as they learn more about their vehicle and what it can do.

Lower Your Tire Pressure

Deflating your tires can help you travel over uneven terrain without worrying about a punctured tire. A slightly lower pressure allows the tire to contour to the terrain instead of plowing over it. Keep a tire deflator in the car to do this at the trailhead. An air compressor is necessary to reinflate your tires back to road-ready pressure at the end of the day.

Drive With a Friend

It's not a good idea to go out alone on the trail. With multiple variables at play, you never know if you're going to get stuck or stranded. The weather may get nasty, your rig might get stuck in the mud, or you may get a flat tire. Having a friend with you can alleviate the stress and help you stay calm until help arrives.

Measure Your Ground Clearance

The ground clearance is the amount of space you have between the bottom of your 4WD and the trail. It's important to know this number to ensure you can make it over obstacles you come across. If you need to climb over a log, but you don't know your clearance, you can get stuck on top of it with no wheels on the ground.

Get Out on the Trail

With preparation, you can head out to explore the wilderness with confidence and excitement. Remember to know your limitations and your skills and stick to the trails you know you can do before attempting more difficult ones.

 

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