So you want to go on an off-road adventure. Well, you’re in good company. A lot of people enjoy the off road experience and once you get started, it is likely to become a hobby. Today, we’re going to explain the basics for any beginners out there. Take a read before you head out, and make sure your new hobby doesn’t become a money drain.
The Right Vehicle
First of all, you’re going to need a 4×4 – preferably an off-road edition with low gear options. This will give you the four wheel drive capabilities that you need to navigate the rougher terrain. The rugged off road isn’t the place for your city-driving SUV because you can expect your vehicle to go home with a few odd scratches, nicks, or even a dent or two.
The Right Tyres
Now, you’ll need to do some research on the type of terrain you will be driving through. You have two choices of tyre. All-terrain are for general use, and should get you through gravelly patches, small boulders, and long grasslands. However, you might want to think about off road tyres that are designed to get you through muddy areas, too. These tyres offer better grip in slippery conditions, which could get you out of a sticky situation. If in doubt, you can always take a set of both.
Bring A Partner
It’s important to bring someone with you when you first start going off road. One reason is that you could end up in a remote area, with a broken down 4×4 on your hands. The other, though, is more important in general terms. It’s incredibly difficult to see everything while you are driving off-road. There are so many little boulders, rocks and hazards that could cause you issues without an extra pair of eyes as a lookout. In fact, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to get a third person on board, too.
Only Drive As Fast As Necessary
Our advice for your off-road experience is to stick to a low speed and a low gear. You will have much more control than you would if you drive fast. And, you can never know what’s in store for you a few metres up the road, never mind around the corner. If you do pick up some speed, only do so when it’s necessary. You can always speed up a little when you travel slowly, but if you are going fast, it is much harder to slow down in the event of a hazard.
The main thing about off-roading is to enjoy your experience. But to do that, you have to keep it safe. Don’t overstretch yourself, and if you feel uncomfortable about taking on a particular track, don’t do it. It’s better to leave something in reserve rather than end your experience for good because you have written off your vehicle. Enjoy your experience!