Off-road driving is always exciting. Isn’t it? I am fond of off-road driving. I used to follow some tips before going off-road driving. If you are fond of driving like me, then I suggest you follow my tips. This is going to be helpful to you. In this article, I am going to give you some tips about off-road driving. So, stay with me till the finish.
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11 Off Road Driving Tips You Should Follow
1. Perform vehicle inspection
Before going to start your trip, make sure that you are done with the inspection with all the general functions of your vehicle. You should check your brakes, tires, batteries, gas, fluid, oil, light and also the under-body etc carefully. Ensure that everything is ok. Never forget to take the emergency equipment like flares, spare tire and tools and first aid box. It is better to take some dry food and camping equipment. In terms of driving with family, you may need some extra items.
2. Research on selected off road & area
Before going to off-road driving, it is a better idea to go through research on your selected area and road. Research whether the area is hill climbing or descending, long grass, Mud, Snow and take enough preparation according to the area. You may need to follow different approaches on different roads. Find out the length and width of the road. It will help you to drive smoothly. Be careful about concentrating on your driving and make sure that you have control over the driving. It is a better idea to arrange a tourist guide who can guide you in the proper direction.
3. Checking the weather
Before going off-road, you need to make sure that you don’t get caught out in a massive thunderstorm in a creek bed that is now flooding. I saw many have been caught out by fast flowing water in the previous time. So check out the weather prediction before going off-road driving.
4. Arrangements for tracking your location
Having arrangements for tracking your location is one of the best tips for off-road driving. Your driving place might not have network coverage. Inform someone before going to an off road driving so that they can track you if they are not hearing from you after a certain time. This approach is going to help you if you get stuck for a long time.
5. Lower tire pressure
A properly inflated tire is best when you are going to drive around the town. But when you are going off-road with a high pressure tire, it means that you will have a rougher ride. Making the pressure of tire low is the best idea. Because, A low or less pressure can absorb more impact than the higher pressure tire and do not harm your vehicle. Lower pressure on the tire is important for soft surface drive. Lower pressure provides you with a good grip which need to avoid getting stuck in the middle of the road. You need to keep it in mind that you should not deflate it too much.
6. Speed limit
Always keep one thing in mind that, the less driving speed leads you toward less damage. Excessive speed is one of the best reasons for an accident. So, always try to drive within a speed limitation and follow the speed meter. Speed may vary according to the road type. Even if you think that you need 15mph for an obstacle but you do not maintain it. That means you are going to make damage to something or get stuck.
7. Find an alternate route
Finding an alternate route is always a good idea before going off-road driving. It may happen that you are facing a problem in the route you are traveling and you don’t have any other option without turning back. Finding an alternative before going off-road will offer you to avoid this kind of difficulty. You may use the alternate route in case you find a problem in the main route.
8. Stay on the trail
You know that driving on the previously used paths is possible and it will also make minor damage to the environment. But keep in mind that just because any other person else made it never ensure that you will be also able to do it. It may happen that they had a good vehicle than yours or were skilled and experienced drivers.
9. Walk first and willing to walk back
This harsh situation may create that you are not able to negotiate sand, mud or other obstacles on your foot, in this situation it is not likely that your vehicle can do it. Moreover, a water covered route can be more critical. If you don’t see another vehicle going through it, you can’t be sure that there is not a huge hole hidden. So you need to walk fast in this situation.
Again, do not think about tackling an obstacle unless you’re able to walk to where help awaits. Your phone will be useless when you are going off-road trip. If you haven’t made an earlier arrangement, you may not find anyone to call although there is coverage. You may not find anyone to help you. In this step, what will be your step? You may need to go back on foot. So take preparation of willing to walk back.
10. Help yourself
It is a better idea to bring some things along with you that’ll assist you out of small jams such as a high-lift jack, shovel, hand winch, tow strap and some wood blocks if you are planning to regularly travel the road less paved. Still, if you are keen to go farther than you can walk out, then take sufficient stuff like water, extra clothes to survive until somebody finds you out.
11. Tell somebody
Telling somebody before about the place you are going and when you are expecting to return is always a better idea. This will help them to find you if you face any accident and don’t return within time.