How to drive on off road. So this is something that I wanted to talk about for a long time and that is how to really drive on off road. There are so many steps that you need to follow before going off roading .So let’s start with the main things. Check the depth of the mud. Before entering a muddy section of road, if it appears to be deep, get out of the car and take a good look around. Take a stick and test the depth of the dirt by pressing on it. Look for hidden objects in the mud, like large rocks that could damage the bottom of your car. Expect to get a little dirty along the way, but it can save you a lot of time and hassle in the long run. Make sure you can safely exit your vehicle by checking for road and environmental hazards.
How to drive on off road : turn on traction control
Many new car models come with traction control as standard. This function can be activated automatically in poor driving conditions. If not, you’ll need to activate it by pressing a button, usually found on the dash or console. Check your owner’s manual for details on your specific vehicle. Be aware, however, that the traction control system can make it difficult to get the car out of the mud if it gets stuck. In this case, turn off the traction function and turn it back on only when driving again.
Switch to 4×4. Find your switch or turn on your dashboard or console. Next to it you will see a series of labels, such as 2H. If you need extra traction, move the lever or shift into 4H or 4L. When shifting into 4H, all four wheels of your vehicle are engaged. However, if the trail is really bad, go for 4L as this will make your tires run slower but with more traction. Please note that 4WD vehicles will not have the 2H option as they use all four wheels at all times. Some AWD systems can start to plug and dry out if left unused for long periods of time. Try to use your 4WD every couple of months or so, even if only on slightly wet roads.
Shift to a lower gear
If you’re in 2WD, go ahead and go down the hill in second or third gear. Depending on the design of your vehicle, this generally requires lowering the gear lever to the position marked “2” or “3”. This will allow you to keep a steady pace on a rough and muddy trail. Shift up any time you’re on a steadier road to relieve stress on the engine and wheels.
How to drive on off road : it is easier to press the gas and brake pedals
Try to continue as long as possible using your initial momentum. Maintain a constant average speed. If you must press the accelerator pedal, do so slowly to avoid spinning the tires. Also be aware that you risk skidding if you apply the brakes too hard. By avoiding quick changes, you give the tires a moment to adapt to the terrain and get good traction.
Avoid deep grooves
The goal is to place the tires on a pristine stretch of road or as wide a bumpy area as possible. Otherwise you risk getting stuck in lower/deeper grooves or even getting stuck in the middle area between grooves. This is an especially important step if you are driving on a road with larger vehicles, such as tractor-trailers. This helps you know your vehicle’s ground clearance or the space you need to measure between your vehicle’s undercarriage and the road. This will give you a better idea of how your car will handle deeper ruts or patches of mud.
Fix front wheel slip.
If your car continues to roll straight or sideways even when you turn the steering wheel, then you are skidding. Release the throttle and wait for the car to slow down. When your vehicle slows down, wait for the front wheels to regain control. Then turn the steering wheel in the same direction. This should allow you to regain control of the entire vehicle. Resist the urge to hit the brakes if you start to slide. It will only make you lose control faster. Ice chunks hidden under mud can cause skids. That’s why it takes about the same steps to regain control on a muddy road as it would on an icy road.
How to drive on off road : inspect the car for damage
When you return to a dry road, pull over in a safe place and inspect the car for problems. Inspect the undercarriage to make sure all brake lines and other parts are intact. Also take the time to wipe dirt off your side mirrors and windows. When driving out of mud, drive slowly so your tires have a good chance of getting rid of all the bits of mud.