Many new Jeep owners jump right into the off-roading scene without blinking an eye. Some of them are capable of picking things up as they go along and ending up alright, but a majority of them end up doing detrimental damage to their rides.
It’s important to be aware of the abilities and limitations of your four-wheel drive vehicle before you start taking it to the extremes. While some minor scratches and damages are inevitable when tackling the harsh conditions and obstacles of trails, your Jeep is your baby, and it’s important to know how to properly navigate off-road so that you can keep your Wrangler in the best condition possible — preventing potentially serious damage and repairs.
At Altitude Jeep, we have comprised a list of helpful tips to read and follow before getting out there and going for the adrenaline-filled rides that you bought your Jeep in order to enjoy. Be sure to stock up on some of our Jeep off-road accessories before you get out there too!
Read The Jeep Manual
We know this is something nobody wants to hear, especially us guy Jeep owners who leave instruction manuals to collect dust in most cases. But it is essential in determining all of your Jeep’s potential functions, like all of those buttons that you never hit when daily driving such as descent control, traction control, axle lock, and others.
Avoid Going Alone
When you are beginning your off-road practice, it’s imperative to have someone tag along. Not only is it more fun to off-road with company, but it’s good to be prepared for the worst-case scenario of something happening to your Jeep so that you aren’t stranded if you happen to mess something up on your Jeep or get stuck.
Get An Inspection
Before you go pushing your Jeep to the limits, it’s important to have a mechanical inspection done by a professional who is knowledgeable about Jeep off-road accessories and parts. This applies to new Jeeps as well as older models as the precautions apply to both. There have been way too many instances of Jeeps getting out on steep terrain to have worn brake pads that give out leading to a totaled Jeep.
Reduce Your Tire Pressure
This is a costly mistake many new Jeep off-roaders can make. Your Jeep’s tire pressure must be adjusted to match the durability of the terrain that you are planning to ride. Tires can easily be susceptible to punctures from sharp rocks when riding in rough and rocky conditions. It also helps your traction when going up or down steep inclines to let a little air out.
Know Your Clearance
This is an aspect of off-roading that will take some practice, but having a rough idea of how much space is between your Jeep’s underbody is important so you don’t go tackling an obstacle that damages your Jeep or ends up getting you stuck.
This concludes the first part of Altitude Jeep’s two-part blog on off-road driving tips. Be sure to check out part two for more in-depth tips behind having the most successful off-road adventures with less hassle and more adrenaline.
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