Despite the power and size of a land rover, many owners never take it off-road. Why waste a vehicle that can endure extremely harsh terrain in this manner? But if you’re looking to get your land rover off the pavement and drive on wild, untamed trails, make sure you know how to do it safely first. Remember, knowledge and preparation make the difference between a fun trip and a disaster.
1. General preparation tips – Things won’t always go smoothly. Before you leave for the countryside, make sure that you follow these preparation tips.
- Bring your land rover in for maintenance no more than a week before taking it for an off road drive. The last thing you want is to get stuck due to an entirely preventable problem.
- Gear your rover out for the harsh environment. Most land rover parts UK stores have a wide selection of off-roading equipment, such as bush kits, lighting, and heavy duty bumpers.
- Bare essentials to bring: a full fuel tank, an emergency kit, a spare tire, a high lift jack, spare containers of water, shovel, tow ropes, maps, and two way radios if you’re not alone.
2. Know your vehicle – You will have to go through and around many different obstacles, such as tree branches, rocks, ditches, and shallow streams. To navigate past these without damaging your vehicle or getting stuck, you need to know its height, width, and ground clearance measurements. Make sure that your vehicle will not snag at any point from your approach to departure.
3. Pay attention to fragile parts – Most instances of damage during off-roading don’t come from frontal collisions, but from something hitting a fragile section of the vehicle. Pay close attention to the position of the fuel tank, engine sump, and the entire underside of your vehicle.
4. Get out and walk – For especially difficult terrain, see if you can get out of the vehicle and test the surface first by walking over it. Only do this if it appears safe to do so, and be sure not to leave your land rover in a dangerous position before getting out.
5. Maintain alertness and discipline – Keep an eye out and look as far ahead as you can. Drive as slowly as possible, but fast enough to clear obstacles. Don’t force anything; if it’s impossible to get past, reverse and look for another route.
Off-roading is a fun and exhilarating hobby for any land rover owner, but you should take every necessary precaution to ensure your safety.