Four wheel drive vehicles were made for the jungle and dirt roads. However, it is not strange anymore to see most of these vehicles spending their entire lives on asphalt and well tarmacked roads. As a matter of fact, some of the vehicle owners see the 4 x 4 option not as an extra muscle to take the jungle, but as a way to retain resale value and possibly be able to get out and get some groceries whenever snow starts falling.
If you only knew, that off-road machine on your parking lot has a capacity to take you off the beaten trail.
There are different forms of off-road driving from the casual weekend trail riding to the diehard rock crawling. In the world of off-roaders, very few things can compare to the joy of taking control of your vehicle as you maneuver through trails that ordinary people would never go. When you leave the pavement behind and start pounding the dusty road, only your imagination can limit you the far you can go. Make sure you get a killer painter.
The Essentials for a Successful Off-Road Adventure
The most important elements in any off-road adventure are safety and preparation. You have to get everything that you need to and prepare well for any eventualities. Below is a listing of some of things you can’t afford to ignore.
- A full gas tank
- A tow rope that is heavy enough to pull your vehicle without snapping
- A spare tire and all the other equipment that can help you make a tire change while out in the jungle
- A portable air compressor
- First aid kit
- High lift jerk and vehicle mounted winch
- Spare tanks of water and fuel
- Fire extinguishers
- Communication equipments such as two way radios and mobile phones
This is one of the safest and simplest off-roading options particularly for beginners who are trying to get their bearings in off-roading. The terrain is mostly gravel, grasslands or dry dirt. Many federal and state parks have off-road trails that you can drive in. If you are a beginner in off-roading, keep off from steep climbs, water crossings or descents.
The terrain here is mainly sand and the difficulty level is for an intermediate driver. Before you embark on your journey to the dunes, ensure everything about and around you is legal. Most beaches are clearly marked indicating whether they are 4 x 4 accessible or not. Because sand cannot guarantee you traction, you may have to deflect your tire pressure to anything between 15 and 20 PSI. This will allow your tire to spread more hence gripping the surface perfectly.
This is where you rove through mud and shallow waters up to about 6 inches. Your four wheel drive vehicle must be fitted with tires that are mud terrain or all terrain. To succeed in mud driving, ensure you maintain control of your vehicle and avoid skidding. If you feel that your machine is getting stuck, turn the wheels right and left until you are out of murky situation.