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AVOID THESE OFF-ROAD NEWBIE DRIVING MISTAKES

Off-road driving sounds like a fun and exciting outdoor adventure. Beginners are attracted to the thrill of off-road driving, which can result in a little over-enthusiasm. That means there are many off-road driving mistakes beginners often make when don’t take the time to think things through. Here are some of the biggest mistakes I made. I hope you can learn from them.

IGNORING TYRE PRESSURE

On different types of terrain, the main way to make sure your vehicle has traction with the ground is by manipulating tyre pressure. The air pressure inside your tyres varies depending on the terrain you’re riding across.

To gain more traction in places where you’ll get easily bogged, you need to lower the tyre pressure. But every vehicle is different, and the appropriate pressure for your 4WD tyres might be different from the next person. There are many pressure ranges that owners suggest, but the best way to find what fits your vehicle is through trial and error.

Fill up the air in your tyres again until the air pressure is in the correct range for sealed roads when you ready to leave.

OVERLOADING

Some new owners make the mistake of overloading most of the time. They pack a lot of stuff and complain when their 4WD can’t handle it. Usually, off-road vehicles are already heavy, and bringing along too much stuff won’t help performance.

If you’re going on a camping trip and bringing along your 4WD, you don’t have to bring every camping item in your possession. Just take the necessities with you. Food, water, shelter, necessary tools and gear, a first aid kit and fuel are some of the items that you should prioritize. It’s best to leave unnecessary camping items at home apart from those mentioned.

NOT BEING PREPARED

Not being prepared is the opposite of packing too much. If you’re worried about overpacking, make a checklist of what you really need. Prioritize the ones on top of the list.

Usually, bringing along the necessities doesn’t overload your vehicle anyway. There is a balance between overloading a vehicle and being underprepared, and you must know how to strike the right balance.

DOING TOO MUCH

If you’re new to off-road driving, it’s easy to get excited and try obstacles that you are not quite ready for. Slow down a little and build up your skills before putting yourself into danger.

When you encounter obstacles that you are not sure of, the best idea is to stop and scout the area. Scouting the area gives you a chance to think about how you will overcome the obstacle smoothly.

NOT TAKING A 4WD COURSE

It’s understandable if you’re excited to get on the road with your shiny new 4WD. One of the biggest off-road driving mistakes beginners make is ignoring 4WD courses. The best way to know the ropes of off-road driving is by attending a course run by professionals.

There are proper ways to go about driving with your 4WD. There are many blunders you can commit, and all of them I did myself. I learnt the hard way and I hope this article inspires you not to.

 


 

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Mike G
mgilles@dinga.com.au

Mike loves to travel on the open road, he's really into vehicles of any kind, especially those with 2 wheels.