Friday, January 10, 2020

How to Prepare Your Car for Off-Road Adventures

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If you love to go off-road but your car isn’t quite up to the task, it’s a very good idea to prepare properly. This might mean adding some useful accessories to your car and it should certainly mean checking it is functioning properly before you set off. 

Off-roading usually means that your car will have to navigate more difficult terrain. Most cars are made for flat, tarmac roads. However, most 4-wheel drives are also quite happy to drive on uneven surfaces to an extent. Before you even consider off-roading, make sure that your car will be able to cope with the terrain you will encounter, whether that means desert, swamp, snow or mountain by asking your mechanic. 

A Few Accessories to Consider

Accessorizing your car will help to make sure that no matter what you encounter in the wild, you will be as safe as possible. This means that everything from 4wd bull bars to cameras to help you reverse could be ideal for your trip.  

However, accessories aren’t just for safety. You might also consider adding things like a roof rack to store a tent or other items as well as a bike rack so that you can explore the outdoors beyond the land your car can take you to. Practical accessories always work best when they open up new opportunities so think carefully about what you want to install and how it will work for you and the activities you have planned. 

Safety Checks 

Before you set out on your journey, you should perform a few safety checks to make sure that your car is road-worthy. For example, testing the pressure in your tires might not occur to you most of the time, but if you are going off-road, you may not have another opportunity to top up the air. Similarly, you should check the oil and ensure you have a full tank of gas before you set off. If you are driving long stretches without gas stations, you might also like to pack some oil, coolant water and a portable gas container. 

While many drivers are happy to rely on GPS most of the time, it’s always a good idea to have a map in the car just in case you lose signal. You should also familiarize yourself with the journey plan so that you have a good idea where you are going, even without technological assistance. 

Pack Only What You Need

Packing for a road trip can be difficult because you need to make sure that you have everything you need for each leg of the journey. If you are planning to drive off-road, you will also need to consider what you may need for every eventuality. Plus, you need to consider what you need as well as what your car will need. Rolling your clothes is one simple way to reduce the volume of your stuff but packing layers and washing as you go can also help. 

The more comprehensive your plan is, the more enjoyable it will be to go off-road and start exploring. So, all you need now is a route! 

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