You own a 4x4 but don’t know how to really use it. You plan for 4x4 Club Pay and Play Days with Avalanche but do not really have an understanding of how the vehicles are to be driven around. You do not have to worry about it as we will help you get off-road right away without breaking your 4x4 and yourself!
As simple as it may sound, going off road isn’t that easy. It is an adventurous activity that is both challenging and confusing. To help you overcome your worry, we’ve put together some tips to prepare you to head into the wilderness on four wheels!
Lowering The Tyre Pressure
In almost every off-road situation, lower tyre pressure equals increased traction. Lowering the tyre pressure will let the tyre sidewall tread to loosen up and mould itself around a rock or any other trail or obstacle. As the tyre manages to envelope big rocks under its tread, the grip of the vehicle is better and stronger and an added bonus is that the quality of the entire ride is much better.
Even with lower tyre pressure offering more grip tyres tend to slip easily on sandy surfaces or dig down into holes which will leave you stuck. When tyres begin to spin or slide, drivers instinctively end up feeding more throttle. But, squeezing the throttle more usually loosens the tyre’s grip.
The best solution is to go easy and back off with the gas and gently steer your wheel backwards and forwards to find traction. This will allow the wheels to dig into fresh patches of dirt eventually establishing a grip that cleans the side of the rock to pull your 4x4 through.
Bring Along Recovery Gear
Even with the most precise and calculated moves behind the wheel, every four-wheeler has a possibility of getting stuck eventually. At times, simply slipping a rugged floor mat under each tyre or stacking rocks or filling in holes can help get you free. But in more serious cases, you will need the right recovery gear to make it out of a sticky situation.
If you plan to carry a single piece of recovery equipment, it would be a robust piece of 2 inch wide tow strap with fabric loops on each end. These straps can be directly attached to the vehicle’s frame. Another point to keep in mind is to refrain from wrapping the strap around a suspension arm, axle, or bumper as an attachment point.
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