5 Essentials For Going Off-Road In A Land Rover Defender â€“ Chelsea Wide Track
8th Apr 2015
Although this feature is not a comprehensive guide for every season, surface or vehicle, with plenty of practice, you will be driving safely in challenging terrain and ultimately having an enjoyable driving experience.
It is essential you prepare yourself and your vehicle before you take the plunge.
Ensure you have a sensible plan to get you back in one piece. Share your plans with friends and family before heading for the hills.
Since you will be spending a considerable amount of time in your vehicle, a viable alternative to standard Jeep seats, such as the GTB Sports Seats Trimmed in Artico would be ideal.
Although this is not obligatory, being prepared is one of the best off-road driving tips we can share. Some essentials you should ensure you have on-board include plenty of food and water, a usable spare tyre, tools, maps, blankets, first aid kit, suitable footwear, spare set of clothes a full tank and your mobile phone charger.
Don’t be a loner
Off-road driving is ideal for getting away from it all but requires plenty of common sense not to mention endurance.
Therefore, ask a friend or two to come along with their vehicles. This will ensure you are much better off throughout the entire experience.
In true expedition style, having two-way radios in each vehicle is a level-headed plan. Try to convince one or more driver’s mates to come along with you. Should you get stuck, they could help guide you out of a tricky situation.
There Is A Limit
Ensuring your vehicle is appropriately maintained is a must. Rocks and tresses could potentially bend steel; therefore it would be wise to invest in a set of 1939 Defend Retro Dish wheels.
You may be surprised to learn that even the hardcore off-roaders who put a great deal of money into modifying their vehicles can break down if they do not invest in an appropriate set of wheels.
Before you turn these 8.5” x 16” wheels on the simplest of trails, (another term for green laning), rest assured, they are ideal for the harshest of terrain.
Those who are new to off-roading are often taken aback by how slowly everything moves forward — often at a snail’s pace or less.
There is a logical explanation however; too much speed is a sure-fire way to get stuck.
If you find yourself in such a predicament, forget about spinning at full throttle to free yourself. Please be aware, lighter throttle and steering will provide you with multiple attempts to get unstuck.
Off Roaders should take pride in setting out to protect automotive related recreational access opportunities through education, partnership working and conservation initiatives.
Non for profit organisation, Tread Lightly does just that, asking off-roaders to Travel responsibly; Respect the rights of others; Educate yourself; Avoid sensitive areas; Do your part.
Tread Lightly hopes to focus its efforts in education and stewardship to further the goals of responsible and ethical recreation. The website has a multitude of educational materials for outdoor enthusiasts to view: