Driving off road may seem like it is easy, but there are probably some things about it that you just wouldn’t think about. Puente Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge wants you to make sure that you get the most out of your off road experience. There is definitely more to it then putting that vehicle in four-wheel drive and going on your adventure.
Going on a four-wheel drive excursion requires some time, prepping and of course some learned technique to be able to do it properly. Here are a list of some tips to make sure that you get the most out of your off-road experience.
You will definitely have to pack yourself up so that you have any extra tools or gear that you may need while you are out there. When you are going off-road there will be lots of bumps so make sure that whatever you bring with you is secured down the best you can. You don’t want anything unnecessarily flying around your vehicle if you can help it.
Learning your vehicle inside and out is also very important. You will need to know where there are lower hanging parts on your vehicle so that you will not be damaging them. Lots of people go out and have not checked out the underside of their vehicle and will damage some of the parts in the process.
Angles are also something that you MUST study before you go out. Knowing your approach and departure angles and also the breakover angles will also help you in not bringing damage to your vehicle.
Any terrain that you are wanted to go over will also need to be looked over on foot so that you don’t have any sudden surprises. There is nothing quite like being out there and being snuck up on by either something jutting from the terrain or something being way too soft. Hills can also be tricky since you may not know what is on the other side. You don’t want to find out while you are already on your off-road course.
TV commercials make off-roading look like so much fun, don’t they? They are going fast over some fun terrain and you want to do that! The best thing that you can do is go a lot slower then what you see them doing on those commercials. You want to be able to have your vehicle keep up with the terrain and work efficiently. It won’t be able to do that if you are cruising along way too fast.
A couple other things that may not seem important but they really are have to deal with your body parts. While driving do not wrap your thumbs in the steering wheel. You may be wondering why, but the reason is simple. Any sudden jerking can cause your thumbs to be twisted and result in a minor or even major injury. Also, drive with both of your feet. This may sound really silly when you first read it. I know that I thought that but driving with one foot for the gas and the other for the brake equals faster response time to something that you may need to do suddenly while off-roading.
One of the other things that may seem like a no-brainer to those that have been driving off-road for a while would be to drive straight on to go over hills and back down. If you go at a hill at an angle, you will chance the flipping of your vehicle.
Lastly, the biggest safety thing to remember when going on your adventure is to simply BUCKLE UP. This should be something that you do automatically when you get in your vehicle but so many injuries and even deaths result from people just simply not wearing their seatbelt.
If you remember all of these tips and prepare ahead of time, you will have the most fun with your off-road vehicle as possible!