Secrets of off-road Driving – Even if you have a decent driving experience but drive exclusively in the city, the first off-road trip can forever discourage auto travel. The motor sport experts told us about what needs to be taken into account when driving off the track onto the dirt road.
Dear expert, how to properly drive on a bumpy road?
– Slowly, with minimal traction, so that the car gently rolls over bumps and holes. If you have a small car with a delicate suspension, engage a lower gear.
But what if the driver “yawned” and the hole in his path was unexpected?
– Turn the steering wheel sharply towards the wheel that hits the pothole. If it occupies the entire carriageway, brake as hard as possible and immediately release the brake in front of the pit.
How to overcome protruding obstacles?
– Diagonally, by the way, this rule is also valid for speed bumps. But in heavy traffic, turning the car diagonally, most likely, will not work. Therefore, reduce the speed in advance, and immediately in front of the obstacle, press the brake pedal to the floor and release it sharply. The machine will make a forward “peck” and smoothly pass over the obstacle. This method is suitable for cars with any kind of drive.
There is an opinion that one can drive only off-road vehicles along with the village off-road.
– Off-road in dry weather is not an obstacle even for “budget tyres”; another thing is when the car is stuck in the mud. If the hard surface is relatively close, try to get out on your own (in such case, have a few boards in the trunk). Place a board under the threshold and, putting a jack on it, raise the car first from one side and then from the other, placing everything under the wheels that will return the grip to the tyres. Then drive off intensively, but without slipping, without changing gears, if you have manual transmission… Well, if there are several kilometres to the hard surface, get out a strong cable and go in search of an SUV or a tractor.
How to operate on a snowy road?
– The movement should be as uniform as possible, at low engine speeds. If there is a shallow track, use it. In a deep rut, stand on the left or right pair of wheels on its central part. If the car is stuck in the snow, try moving back and forth, rock the car and go back on your tracks. If it didn’t work right away – stop trying. Otherwise, the car will sit on its belly. Here you will need a snow shovel and five small boards that you put in the trunk in advance. Using a jack, raise the car’s sides in turn and, having cleaned the snow from under the vehicle, place the boards under the suspended wheels. Then back out onto your tracks and back up to the track.
- The right kind of tyres. We cannot emphasize the importance of getting the correct tyres for your vehicle. If you can’t head to the nearest in-person tyre shop, you can find and select car tyre brands that are best suited for your ride.
- Studded rubber. Studded tyres, which are widely used on snowy roads, both for everyday driving and for “ice” racing, have begun to gain popularity in off-road driving. Adding studs to your tyres can significantly increase traction in the area; however, before you run to the store, make sure your area is suitable for this.
- Don’t be afraid to use a jack. Yes, yes, we understand that jacking will not help increase traction, but sometimes all it takes to get back into motion is a little push. If all of the above methods do not help, and you still get stuck, the jack will always help you get back in line and continue driving.