Off-Road Driving: A Starter Guide

For the vast majority of people, driving a car is rather familiar. We drive the same routes, at the same careful speeds, and deal with the same traffic backlogs and problems – day, after day, after day. It is in many ways a testament to how safe driving has become that what is actually a rather extreme act (propelling a tonne or more of metal around small streets) can feel so very standard and commonplace. 

Off-roading, however, offers something entirely different to drivers. Every turn takes you somewhere new; nothing is predicted, and every single mile is more exciting and enthralling than the last. If you want to give yourself a very different driving experience, then here are a few starter tips you need to know… 

1) Choose the right vehicle

It is technically possible to off-road in any vehicle; even standard hatchbacks can manage a bit of mud and grass on occasion. However, if you really want to get the full experience, then opting for a new Land Rover or any other type of vehicle that is designed with off-road conditions in mind will always be the best bet. 

2) Be cautious when selecting a route 

While the UK is far from short of open, green spaces that seem to be perfectly suited to off-roading, it’s advisable to only ever go off-road if you explicitly know it is okay to do so. Local forums are a great place to find recommendations for off-roading options near your home, or you could instead choose to head for one of the best off-roading routes in the UK.

3) Go with friends 

Off-roading is always at its best when you’ll have someone to share your vehicle with, but it’s also important to off-road in a party of at least two vehicles. In the unlikely event that there’s a mishap, you’ll need a second vehicle nearby to help – especially if you are planning on exploring far off the beaten track, where it may take hours for emergency or breakdown services to reach you.

4) Reduce your tyre pressure

If you check your car’s manufacturers’ handbook, you’ll see a recommended tyre pressure – the exact measurement varies between vehicles. However, this pressure is recommended with the presumption that the car will be being driven on standard, flat roads. Off-road, however, tends to mean softer ground, so you’ll find it much easier to drive with a tire pressure that is slightly below the standard; it’s best to call your manufacturer to find out what they would recommend for off-road driving.

5) Be cautious

Off-roading doesn’t need to be fast to be fun; you can still have a truly fantastic time at speeds that would be considered relatively slow on a standard road. Always err on the side of caution when it comes to speed; take your time navigating any obstacles, and if at any point you are unsure if it is safe to proceed, don’t. 

Off-roading can be incredible fun and if you want to give it a try for yourself, the advice above should hopefully come in useful. Enjoy! 

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