Jeep Off-Road Driving Tips

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Off-roading is no easy job. Let’s get that straight right off the bat. But since practice makes perfect, we thought we’d give you a head start with a handful of expert-provided tips and tricks that will keep you on top of your game off the beaten path. Here are some jeep driving tips on off-road.

How Lateral Incline Obstacles Should Be Approached

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It’s highly likely that you’ll stumble upon one such section whether you’re off-roading out in the wild or in a man-made course. Lateral incline obstacles are a common nuisance and when approached incorrectly, it might lead to tipping over your vehicle. Which is something you don’t want, obviously. Now, rule number one is to tackle the obstacle at low speed.

The wheel that’s closer to the obstacle should be steered towards its highest point.

Remember to keep a steady foot on the gas, slowly but constantly accelerating. It’s also important that as you climb onto the obstacle, its lower edge should be framed between your car’s front wheels and remember not to steer the car towards the upward side of the obstacle, otherwise you face the risk of rolling your vehicle. If one of the wheels has lifted off the ground, carefully and slowly get away from the obstacle until the car is back on all fours. Then you’re good to continue.

How Water Fording Should Be Approached

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Crossing rivers, puddles, or any sort of hole or trench that’s filled with water (again, naturally or artificially) is more of an optional requirement, but there are situations when you’re forced to do it. It can also be a source of great fun, provided the driver knows what he’s doing and also took some precautions. Speaking of them: you should check out what’s under the water before you begin the crossing. Hidden holes can sink your car in an instant and if the water is murky and you can’t see the bottom, use a stick to see how deep the water is and wether the bottom is covered in mud or with stones – the difference between these two “surfaces” is huge, and it goes without saying that ideally, a rocky bed translates into an easier pass.

Once you’ve established that it’s safe to proceed, do it slowly. If you don’t have a snorkel, avoid water levels that go beyond the front bumper. If your car is fitted with a snorkel, then you won’t have this particular issue.

How Driving Off-Road On Snow Should Be Approached

First of all, you need the right tires. That goes for mud and rocks as well, but it goes without saying that if you’ve ventured away from paved roads, you brought proper gear. In fact, this could be a rule or a tip itself: always bring the proper gear for a session of off-roading. Having some of your pals around might also help, especially if you get stuck for good or your car suffers some sort of damage. So yeah, bring a friend and don’t forget about off-roading gear as well.

As for off-roading on snow/ice, try to see if your car’s 4×4 setup doesn’t have a Snow mode. If you happen to drive a more potent machine like the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, for example, there’s no need to look for that: the car will be up to the task. Now, rule number one: getting off to a start on snow is all about gentle acceleration. With the proper tires, the car should find the required amount of grip and pull off nicely from a standstill. If at any time you start feeling that the vehicle is beginning to skid, steer in the opposite direction and keep the throttle constant.

These are some jeep off-road driving tips.

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