Published On: Thu, Mar 3rd, 2016

Rookie’s Guide To Off-Roading

Off-roading can be great fun, and many people that enjoy taking their vehicles through difficult terrain. But, it can also be incredibly dangerous. If you have the urge to get off-road, there are a few things you need to know before you get started. We’re going to go through some of the basics with you in our beginner’s guide to off-roading. Let’s get started right away.

 Land Rover Off-Roading

Choose your weapon

First of all, you can’t expect to take any old vehicle off-road. Or, rather, you can’t expect it to last the distance! You’ll need a 4×4 or SUV – and think carefully about your choice. Many modern SUVs are built for driving on roads, these days. You can spend some money on upgrades, of course,  but go for a 4×4 if you want to dive straight in. Another point to make is that these vehicles are built for power. That makes them expensive, and less efficient than your average road car. So, unless you want to spend a small fortune on fuel, make sure you buy an off-road vehicle especially for that purpose. Don’t drive it around as your day-to-day vehicle, or your fuel costs will skyrocket.

The best brands

If you have the money to spend, we would say go for a Land Rover – they are the off-roading brand of choice for enthusiasts. They are expensive to buy brand new, of course. But, they also hold their value well – as long as you keep them in great condition. You might find they are still expensive to buy on the second-hand market, although it is possible to pick up a bargain. If your budget can’t stretch that far, think about something like a Toyota Land Cruiser – one of the older models is your best bet. There are other options, of course – head over to this guide on the best off-road vehicles for more details.

Essential upgrades

Off-roading is all about pushing your vehicle to its limits, but once you reach those, how do you go further? The answer lies in upgrading. There are two main things to think about: your tyres, and the suspension. You need to invest in a good set of tyres if you want to take a car off-road, or it just won’t make the grade. Something like these General Grabber UHP tyres will give you a lot more grip on the surfaces you will experience off-road. The suspension is also of vital importance. All those bumps and steep drops are punishing on your car’s structure. Without good suspension, your vehicle won’t last five minutes.

Safety basics

Finally, don’t forget to drive safely when you are off-road. If you are in the middle of nowhere and have an accident, it’s only going to lead to trouble. Make sure you always have company – and even consider having someone watching, rather than everyone in the car. Never drive alone, either – there are just too many hazards to watch out for. And, when you are just starting out, you should always keep your speed to a minimum. In fact, you should stick to this rule whenever you drive through somewhere new. Until you know the landscape like the back of your hand, it is just too dangerous to speed.

Hope you have enjoyed this rookie’s guide to off-roading – stay safe out there, folks!