Off-Roading Tips for Estevan and Indian Head Drivers

July 27th, 2015 by

off-roading tipEstevan and Indian Head drivers often ask us for off-roading tips, especially while looking at rugged SUV like the 2015 Jeep Wrangler. Here’s a quick guide to help get you started when you decided to take your Jeep off road.

Understanding Four-Wheel Drive

Four-wheel drive doesn’t mean that all wheels are powered at once to the same degree. It actually means that power is split between the front and rear differentials, so if you go around a corner the wheels on the outside will travel further. When you’re in deep mud or clambering on rough terrain, it means that power is directed to the tire with the least amount of grip to give you better traction.

As Slow As Possible, As Fast As Necessary

One of the best off-roading tips to keep in mind is that people run into trouble when they’re going too fast. Excessive speed is purely for the movies; you’re far better off driving slowly over obstacles and on gradients. Doing so protects the vehicle from damage, lets the suspension absorb pumps, and keeps your tires in contact with ground.

Low Range, Low Gear

Off-roading often means having to tackle terrain which reduces traction – such as a large boulder or a steep incline. You can get through these situations by using the lowest range possible – if your vehicle possesses a dual-range transfer case – or the lowest gear possible. This low-end power increases the level of control that you can maintain. A smart off-roading tip is to follow the same procedure going down slopes as you would coming up them. In other words, be smart and be safe.

Lower the Pressure

Road-based driving requires properly inflated tires which roll with ease on the paved surfaces. Off-roading, on the other hand, is best tackled with slightly lower pressure. It will make your ride less bumpy, since the wheels will absorb jolts on the trail. You’ll also experience an increase in traction when crossing sand and mud, since the surface area will be greater.

Don’t Be Afraid To Turn Around

Those new to off-roading typically turn around either too late or too early. Know your limits, and don’t be afraid to call it a day when you’re not entirely comfortable with the area you’re traversing. Another smart off-road tip is don’t hesitate to ask passengers to spot for you. Depending on the terrain and your angle, you may not be able to see the ground your tackling.

Drive a Suitable Vehicle

Many SUVs are never taken off-road, and some manufacturers have responded by making models that are just for road use. Instead of choosing a vehicle that won’t hold up to the job, find a vehicle that is built for off-roading, like the 2015 Jeep Wrangler. With best-in-class horsepower, a 2-speed transfer case for part-time 4-wheel-drive capability, and a trail rated status, these iconic vehicles define the modern off-road performer.

Be Smart When Taking Your Jeep Off Road

For more information concerning proper off-roading tips – or to test drive the 2015 Wrangler – contact our sales team or just come down to Knight Weyburn today.

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