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AVOID THESE OFF-ROAD NEWBIE DRIVING MISTAKES

Off-road driving sounds like a fun and exciting outdoor adventure. For beginners, they’re attracted to this activity for the thrill of it. It makes them want to jump into the driver’s seat and go as soon as they can. However, there are many off-road driving mistakes beginners can make if they don’t take the time to think things through. Here are some of the biggest ones you can commit.

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.

Once you’re done with your off-road trip, you must fill up the air on your tyres again until the air pressure is in the correct range for concrete road travelling. Doing this ensures your tyres won’t get easily worn out or damaged.

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 it perform well.

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 the items that must be in your camping priority list. It’s best to leave unnecessary camping items at home apart from those mentioned.

NOT BEING PREPARED

This is the opposite of packing too much. Don’t pack too little that you’re underprepared. If you’re worried about overpacking, make a checklist of the bare minimum you’ll need. Prioritise the ones on top of the list.

Usually, bringing along the necessities doesn’t overload your vehicle anyway, so you don’t have to worry about it too much. There is a balance between overloading a vehicle and being underprepared, and you must know how to strike it.

DOING TOO MUCH

If you’re new to off-road driving. You might be excited to try out new obstacles and do new things. Yet, being too excited can lead to recklessness while on the road, and this can prove to be dangerous for you and your vehicle.

When you encounter obstacles, pushing the accelerator all the way down isn’t a solution. This can only lead to more problems for you and your vehicle. You need to prepare for it. Scout the area and make the necessary steps that can help you 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. But to make everything safe for you and your companions, you need to know what to do. 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 going through a course. Professionals are the ones teaching these courses, so you’ll definitely learn the proper way of doing things if you take a course.

There are proper ways to go about driving with your 4WD. There are many blunders you can commit, but once you know some of the off-road driving mistakes you can make, do your best to avoid them. Preventing these mistakes from happening usually makes sure your trip will go smoothly.

 


 

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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.