While you may not have thought about it, every tree you hit with your jeep has the potential to completely destroy the suspension system or even worse, pull the suspension off the ground. You don’t want to be stuck up in that. Here are some tips to help you drive your Jeep safely over any kind of tree.
Things To Remember
One thing to remember is that your jeep will have clearance behind it, meaning that a tree that is at least 10 feet away from the Jeep can completely stop the Jeep. You have to make sure that there is plenty of clearance behind the tree to safely drive the Jeep into it. Also, while the majority of Jeep owners like to put a cower bar underneath their jeep, the truth is that it’s a bad idea. Not only does it not give you much space to move the Jeep, it can actually increase the chance of the tree actually pinching the suspension. To avoid this, only put cower bars on the side of the Jeep.
Another thing that you have to be very careful of is how you drive over small obstacles like a tree sitting on the edge of the road. Because the Jeep drives over the tree, you can easily tip the Jeep over backwards, which could potentially cause serious damage to the suspension. This means that you have to be extra careful when you’re driving through such an object, and make sure that you know exactly how far you should drive over the object, and how far back you should be from the tree. When you’re at an off-road situation where the tree sitting on the road could cause you to tip the jeep, you may want to think about putting a cower bar under your car.
Handle Yourself Around It
Something else that you have to keep in mind when you’re driving over an object like a tree is how you handle yourself around it. One of the best ways to keep from ending up flat on your back is to make sure that you drive the Jeep in a controlled manner. Don’t simply jack the Jeep up and take off without moving the Jeep at all. You have to make sure that you know exactly how far you’re moving the Jeep, and that you’re not going to make any sudden movements, as this can cause the jeep to tip. A controlled drive helps the Jeep remain on level ground, which is always important when driving off-road.
Start Eating The Whole Thing
When you’re on the top of a tree, don’t do what most people do and start eating the whole thing. You need to remember that you’re supposed to be carrying something with you, which is why you put the food there in the first place. That being said, don’t just jack up the Jeep and start eating the tree. Instead, pull the Jeep off the ground and move it into a more safe place. You might even want to double check that the Jeep isn’t leaning over too much, as this can cause serious accidents.
Overall, learning how to drive over a tree is not extremely difficult. However, it’s imperative that you follow all of the safety rules and procedures. If you don’t, then you could end up damaging your Jeep or anything else you’re driving on the road. Make sure to practice driving off-road as much as possible, so that you don’t have any issues while you’re driving.