Whether it's sightseeing, thrilling drives on unexplored terrain, or even the cool truck and jeep accessories like bad ass suspension or custom bumpers Jeep and truck owner's alike are easily tempted by the excitement off-road driving has to offer. If you're planning to dive into this adventurous hobby, here are four basics every beginner should know.
1.) Learn the Lingo.
Being a newbie, you're probably unfamiliar with some important off-road terms for aspects like wheel distance to gear ratio. First, let's take note that wheel base and wheel travel are not the same thing. Where one represents the distance between the front and rear tires, the other is the maximum distance your wheels move up and down. When it comes to gears, you should know all-purpose four-wheel drive, also known as 4x4 high, is more commonly used opposed to 4x4 low which comes in handy if you ever get stuck. Learning other aspects like the approach angle and locking differentials will allow you to better understand your vehicle and enhance your off-road performance.
2.) Test Before You Modify.
Modifying your ride might be one of your first thoughts, but before you can decide whether you should invest in bigger tires or lift kits, you should take your off-road vehicle out a few times to get a feel for what it's capable of and what it's not. Sometimes your jeep or truck can go out and get the job done, while other times you need to exchange those street tires for all-terrain ones. If you decide upgrades are essential, research how any changes could affect the rest of your vehicle before planning your build.
3.) Have the Essentials.
Anything could happen and being prepared is better than not. Even when your off-road jeep or truck is all set to escape the pavement, there are still simple yet necessary items to bring with you on your off-road journey. Your checklist should include gear and equipment like spare tanks of water and fuel, tow ropes, winch, a spare tire, a high lift jack, a portable air compressor, as well as safety essentials like a fire extinguisher, a cellphone, and a first aid kit.
4.) Choose the Right Terrain.
As exciting as gliding through shallow water or climbing the sand dunes sounds, you want to start on easier ground like dirt or grasslands and gradually work your way up from there. Sticking to the trails is the safest option for beginners as the difficulty level is low and it's the best way to introduce you to off-road driving.
With these beginner basics, you'll be ready to ditch the pavement and hit new terrain. For more ways to enjoy your off-road experience and information on the latest truck & Jeep accessories, be sure to check out our blog!