December 15, 2010Again, though your vehicle may be known for its off-road capabilities, its actual ability is dictated by the skill and preparation of the driver. Here are some driving tips
1. It is important always to drive within your ability. Usually taking your time on the trail will allow you to pick a good line on the path and allow you time to react to the terrain you can encounter like moving rocks and logs under the tires. Also if your going too fast and hit a rock or other obstacle you could cause damage underneath that will stop you in your tracks and you`ll have to find another ride home.
2. Check out the road ahead before hand. Make sure the trail goes beyond the obstacle and has a back side and doesn`t just a drop off or end. You can get a good idea where to place your tires to have a plan of approach. And follow through to beyond the obstacle. Use a spotter if you can
3. Driving diagonally across a hill you could cause you to roll. Always drive straight down hills or steep terrain. Know your approach and exit angles and the bumper to tire distance. Some trails you might have to use off-camber driving. In situations like this itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best to go slow, keeping the tires in the tracks. Vehicles will tend to slide sideways before rolling over. Stop if the slide puts you off the edge of the track. If it is clear downhill and your going to roll, immediately turn the vehicle into the slide and drive it down. If that is not an option, and you are going over, turn the vehicle off and hold on to the bottom of your seat.
5. Cross ditches and logs at an angle so that one wheel at a time goes over the obstacle, the other three will help the one wheel to climb over. Logs can bounce up and catch the undercarriage, so come off these obstacles slowly and carefully. Be careful not to allow one of the front tires and one of the rear tires to get in the ditch at the same time.
6. Reducing tire pressure will increase traction. For most 4-wheeling purposes, a tire pressure of 18 to 20psi will be adequate. Make sure you will be able to bring the pressure back to normal as recommended by the tire manufacturer (as in a pump or compressor) so you can drive home safely on the highway.
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