Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated May 25, 2010)
When you have the right kind of vehicle, one of the most enjoyable things to do is go off-road driving. That being said, when you are considering off-road driving, be aware that you will more than likely encounter some unique, and often inconvenient, problems. Luckily, there are some relatively simple steps that can help any beginning off-road adventurer get where they want to go.
Before you decide to go on any off-road adventure you want to make sure that you have the right type of vehicle. You need a vehicle that has a high ground clearance, such as a jeep or a truck. If you have the financial means, then you may want to check into upgrading a stock vehicle to something more specifically designed for the serious off-road enthusiast.
It is important to thoroughly scout out the area where are going. You a complete picture of what the terrain looks like and the amount of debris around that could damage your vehicle. Failure to do this could result in your vehicle breaking down and you being stuck out in the middle of no where. A good place to get this information is from other enthusiasts who have been driving in that area.
When driving, be moderate in your speeds and driving style. Do not go extremely fast or you are going to end up in an accident without realizing it. Excessive speeds and radical turns can cause damage to your vehicle's frame, or have you end up sliding off a road. Keep the same thing in mind when you are braking, since you don't want to lose control of your vehicle. Part of the fun of off-road travel is enjoying the scenery. Slow down and enjoy the view.
If you are setting out on your first off-road adventure, consider taking a driving course designed for off-road enthusiasts. These closed courses have professionals on staff who can teach you how to properly handle yourself in the safest manner possible.
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