Published On: Tue, Sep 5th, 2017

A Step-By-Step Guide To Off-Roading

It’s quite ironic that 90% of off road 4×4 vehicles spend their lives on the road. However that needs to change, and today we are going to talk through the steps you need to take to spark some life back into your 4×4. Let’s get muddy.

Off-Roading

There are so many different places you can go with an off road vehicle, from canyon trails to mountain ranges and even desert plains… The world is your oyster.

The Vehicle

Contrary to what you may believe, a huge 4×4 isn’t a necessity when driving off the road. You can, in fact, modify any two wheel drive car, within reason, to be off road ready. Here are some ways to change your vehicle, so it’s fit for purpose:

– A Body Lift: This is primarily a way to raise the height of your car and suspension to decrease the chance of damage when driving through rocky terrain.

– Install New Tyres: If you have a standard set of on road tyres, you’ll need an upgrade if they are to withstand harsh terrain without puncturing. Off road tyres from companies such as PartsEngine can be installed onto your vehicle to make your car sturdy and enable it to cope with different landscapes as you drive.

Preparation

Before embarking on your off-roading adventure, bear in mind that you need to prepare for every eventuality. First of all, make sure you bring along a spare tyre and fill up your gas tank. It may sound obvious, but it is surprising how easy these things are to forget.

Next, you’ll need some extra supplies. A map and compass are essential in case you get lost in the wilderness. Bring along a fully charged mobile phone in the event of an emergency, a first aid kit for if you find yourself injured, and a tow rope which is durable enough for the weight of your vehicle- in case you end up stuck in mud or between some rocks.

Terrain vs. Vehicle

As there are many different terrains to consider, there are also different considerations to take into account with your vehicle. Here’s a quick run down:

Sand/ Desert

If you are driving along dunes or through open desert, you must first check whether you are allowed in the specified area. Beaches are public places which mean that many are not designated for off road driving, but you can find out where it is legal to drive here: https://www.mapsofworld.com/travel/blog/beaches/top-7-usa-beaches-where-you-can-drive

For this type of terrain, you’ll need always to keep moving, because if you stay static for too long, you can quickly sink into the sand.

Grassland/ Gravel

A rocky land is a great option for beginners because the trails don’t involve steep inclines or difficult terrain.

Mud

Similar to driving through sand, the trick is to keep a steady momentum without ragging the engine too much, because you’ll be likely to dig yourself a big hole.

Fancy another offroad sport? Check out this post on What Bikers Which They’d Known Before Jumping Headlong Into The Sport. Hopefully, this post will have given you some useful tips and advice for your off-roading journey.