4x4 Off Roading ›› Basic Driving Tips
OFF ROAD DRIVING TIPS: There is no great secret about being able to drive off road in a safe manner. Common sense comes very high up the list of requirements. But, you also need to have total confidence in what you are doing.
This section will steer you in the right direction along with a few basic 4x4 driving tips - or do we mean reminders?
Most of us need reminders from time to time. It is so easy to get carried away once you are in control of a powerful motor.
That 'monster truck' is capable of transporting you over the roughest of terrain.
So, let's add self-discipline to the list of requirements as well. This section is for those who have yet to experience the joys of off road 4WD driving. It may also serve as a 'refresher' for many experienced drivers as well.
4WD Tips for Beginners: DO NOT attempt anything other than the basic muddy track first time. You should then undergo some basic training with some experienced instructors.
There are some basic 4x4 checks to do before attempting any off roads venture. We also include the innocuous-looking green laning 4x4 trek that seems to be a piece of cake.
Check your battery is properly fastened and the filler caps are also secure. Basic things like water and fuel hoses also need checking.
Most of the hoses will undergo extra strain. Getting a ruptured hose a few miles from the nearest garage is inconvenient - to say the least.
Let's stay with the hoses and pipes for a moment. Even the best of them are pretty useless if they have no fluids running through them.
Check that all fluid and fuel levels are well topped up. Check the water, oils, brake, and clutch fluids.
It is always handy to acknowledge realistic 4x4 fuel consumption data for your vehicle. In fact, do your best to learn about every substance that runs through a pipe or a hose.
Successful off road drives depends upon good grip. Thus, check you have the proper 4x4 off road tyre types - and that includes the spare tyre.
Do you have a suitable jack and a base for the jack that will be suitable of supporting it in muddy conditions? It is worth checking that you have the proper attachment for undoing 'lock-nuts' if needs be.
Two vehicles are always better than one - so try not to travel alone. After all, it is impossible to tow your own vehicle right?
As soon as you are off-road, slip into 4WD mode - preferably before you get stuck! Even some modern 4x4 and SUV makes do not engage into 4WD once it gets stuck. Now that can be very embarrassing. Keep a good lookout on all 4 corners of the vehicle - and at all points between.
We have a personal 'MUST DO' for all novice off-roaders (and some experienced ones). Keep your thumbs in the air - off the steering wheel!
Otherwise, what happens when one of your front wheels hits a snag - and it will do? The steering wheel rotates at a heck of a lick, your thumb will be in the way of a rotating spoke or wheel strut, and it hurts.
4WD Tips for Beginners: Keep your head in the cab - that is what the cab is there for 'SAFETY'!
BOAT stands for 'Byways Open to All Traffic'. Off road enthusiasts use an Ordinance Survey map to find the best BOAT and green lanes in the muddy terrains of England.
The British rural countryside is riddled with 100s of unexplored muddy bridleways and overgrown paths. They make superb 4x4 green laning tracks - providing they are not restricted byways (RB).
BORDA stands for the British Off Road Driving Association. It is the country's only professional association dedicated to offroading at authorized venues around the UK.
The British Off Road Driving Association is a professional organisation. They look after the interest of all its approved members. They track and monitor well developed site standards and training expertise.