First 4-wheeling Trip Off Road Tips

By: Evander Klum

Preparing for your first 4-Wheeling trip off road is the first thing to do before driving that truck. Here are some things to do.

First and foremost, it is necessary that you recognize the capabilities and limits of your vehicle. It other words, know your vehicle well.

Need to know are the works of your 4x4 system, the use of its controls, location of the spare tire and jack and how to use them. Other than that, the height, width, length, approach angle, departure angle and ramp angle are also a "must know" so that you can pass through tight areas without damage. The lowest point of clearance must also be known.

Familiarize all those things and get used to driving your 4x4 and feel its driving characteristics. Included in the familiarization process is the practice use of the low ratio gearbox. Also try its manual locking hubs, if it has. To know the maximum depth of water that you could cross, know where your engine's air intake and engine computer are located. Always make assure the maintenance of the filters, belts and hoses and keep all fluids topped up.

Make sure to pack all of the appropriate emergency supplies for you will never know when you'll find yourself stuck or broken down, without someone to help. It's also necessary to be aware of changing weather conditions.

Don't lie. Let someone know where you're going so that they'd know where to find you if in case an emergency happen. Also bring with you their phone number, the local sheriff's phone number.

Your vehicle's condition is a huge consideration. Be sure it's ready for the off-road experience. Before going for a trip, do a complete inspection of your vehicle. Make sure that your tires plus the spare are in good condition and inflated properly. Try looking under your vehicle for any leaks or mechanical problems. Also ensure all fluids are topped off and that the condition of your steering and brakes are okay. Other than those, add cleanliness to your considerations. Make sure no dirt is making your attractive. All repairs should be carried out before road tripping.

Be meticulous on the load of your vehicle. If possible, loads should be evenly distributed within the vehicle. Loads behind the rear axle will sink the rear of the vehicle. As a result, this limits your departure angle and clearance. Be aware of weights and how they are distributed if you have a roof rack fitted. Excessive loads will alter the center-of-gravity, thereby making the vehicle less stable. Also, take into consideration the additional height of your vehicle due to the rack.

Be aware where you are, where you're going, and which route or direction you intend to take. The general rule here is "allow enough time for safe travel".

Indeed, going on a travel requires a lot of preparation. But it's all worth it for your safety is assured if you and your vehicle are prepared for the trip.

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