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Rock crawling is an area of off roading that many off roading enthusiasts enjoy. It has become a favorite for many because of the different levels of challenges that it presents. There are levels ranging from beginner to expert, the important thing to remember is if you’re not an expert do not attempt a course designed for them. In rock crawling it is important that you start off slow and learn the proper techniques that are required for successful crawls. If you start off thinking you can handle a challenging trail too soon, you may bite off more than you can chew.

Rock crawling requires that certain modifications be made to your vehicle prior to attempting a climb. You should have a lift kit installed onto your vehicle so that you can safely clear any larger rocks that you may encounter on the trail. Before beginning a climb you should also check your tires to insure that they are at the proper level. Instead of adding air to your tires, in rock crawling you want to air down your tires to approximately 15 – 20 psi. By lowering the amount of air in your tires you will be able to place more rubber on the rocks. It also allows you to lessen the chance of high centering while attempting a crawl.

It is also important that you survey the area you are about to climb. This process allows you to see all of the obstacles, as well as take note of the safest way to maneuver your vehicle up the rock surface. Once you have started the climb, if you feel uncertain about the path you are taking, you may want to use a spotter to help you safely reach the top. A spotter can alert you to any problem that you may have overlooked when planning your path.

When rock crawling, speed is not your friend. Anytime you are attempting a crawl you should keep your speed low. Using a lower gear allows your tires to grab the surface of the rock safely and allow for a safe climb. A slower speed also allows for you to stop instantly should a problem arise. When rock crawling it is important to be as safe as possible and follow all of the proper safety guidelines.

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Off road driving is an adrenaline pumping, thrilling way to spend a day. For beginners though, the idea of using your brand new Jeep to climb a large pile of boulders may seem a bit daunting; but if the driver has taken the proper steps in becoming familiar with the capabilities and limitations of their Jeep, they will more than likely attempt a climb on a smaller scale and eventually work their way up to larger and more demanding trails.

All drivers, whether they are experienced or just starting out should always inspect their vehicles before setting off on a new adventure. Drivers should inspect their batter to insure that it is properly fastened and insure that all hoses are in proper working condition. Drivers should also check their oil and other fluids to make sure that they are all at the appropriate level. The next thing that drivers will want to look at is the condition of their tires. The tires on your vehicle should be at the proper pressure and should be in good condition.

Once you’re on the trails, you will want to put your vehicle in 4WD whenever you anticipate a situation arising that will require the use of 4WD. It’s important to use 4WD prior to finding yourself in a situation where you may become stuck, it’s much easier to place your vehicle in 4WD prior to becoming stuck, if you become stuck and need to use your 4WD it may be more difficult to engage and provide you with the needed traction.

Drivers should also know that the answer to overcoming obstacles on the course if not always more power and speed. Most of the time drivers will be able to pull themselves out of sticky situations simply by using the lowest gear available. If your vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission, simply letting the clutch out slowly and letting the vehicle crawl will be enough to help you overcome most obstacles on the trail.

Once drivers are finished enjoying the trails they should take a little time and inspect the trail to notice if they have disturbed or caused any damage to the surrounding area. All drivers are responsible for keeping the trails safe and enjoyable for years to come. If we do not take proper care of the trails we use, we may lose them down the road.

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As ever off-roader knows, there are certain steps that every driver should take to insure that their vehicle is safe prior to leaving and hitting the trails. The steps that should be done after you’ve been off-roading are often overlooked, but if you make them part of your post off-roading routine, you will be prolonging the life of your vehicle.

Check Your Tires – It’s just as important to check the quality and air pressure of your tires after off-roading as it is to check before you head out. After all, you still need to make it home safe. Drivers should check the pressure in each tire and add air if needed. If you try and drive home on tires that are low you may experience problems handling the vehicle as well as cause damage to the tires and rims.

Clean Your Vehicle – Washing your vehicle after you have arrived home, will not only make it look nice but will also remove and debris that may have become lodged on your vehicle. A clean vehicle also makes it much easier for owners to notice any fluid leaks and damage that may need to be repaired before your next outing.

Check Your Fluid Levels – Maintaining the proper fluid levels in your vehicle is extremely important. While off-roading you may have unknowing damaged a hose or a fluid reservoir. Once you are done driving for the day and you vehicle has had a chance to properly cool, all fluid levels should be checked.

Clean Your Engine – Off-roading allows for dirt and dust to find themselves in locations where it typically wouldn’t be found. Find a location that offers you the ability to properly clean the inside of your engine. A clean engine will also make it easier for drivers to notice any leaks that may have suddenly developed.

Check Your Brakes – If your vehicle has drum brakes you should remove the drums and clean any mud or dirt that may have become trapped inside. If you leave the unwanted material inside the drum your brakes will wear down and you will need to replace them more frequently.

These are only a few tips to prolong the life of your vehicle, but if follow them you should be able to enjoy your off-roading vehicle for years to come.

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While off-roading is a fun and exciting way to spend the day, every driver should be prepared for the unexpected. As careful of a driver you might be, you never know what the weather has in store or if there may have been a rock slide on your favorite trail. That is why every off-roader should carry an emergency kit with them on every outing. They may help save you if you should become lost, run out of gas or become stuck.

Some things that you should include in your emergency kit are a spare tire, a hydraulic jack and a first aid kit. A spare tire should routinely be checked to insure that it has the proper amount of air, and if you have recently needed to use your spare tire be sure to replace it in its proper storage space. The worst thing that can happen is that you’ll need your spare and it won’t be in your vehicle. Having a proper working jack also comes in handy when you need to change a tire or lift your vehicle to inspect any damage that may have occurred while off-roading.

A first aid kit is also something that all drivers should carry; you should be prepared in the case of an injury occurring while changing a tire or from a stray rock.

Additional emergency kit items include blankets, water, food, flashlight, compass, duct tape and electrical tape. If you become lost while driving through the winding trails having a compass and map will help you pinpoint your location. If your vehicle becomes damaged and cannot be driven having food, flashlights and water will help make your stay more comfortable. If your vehicle experiences minor damage to a hose having duct tape will allow you to fix it well enough to make it back down the trail.

It is also recommended that every off roader carry with them a fire extinguisher, air compressor or some type of fix-a-flat as well as a shovel and tow rope. In the case of an unexpected fire having a fire extinguisher can help minimize the damage.

Carrying a shovel can also be useful if you happen to find yourself stuck, digging around the stuck tires may help you regain traction and you will be able to free your vehicle.

A tow rope can be used to save yourself or a friend who has become stuck, you will be able to pull them out or you may use the rope to try and free yourself if you become stuck.

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Hummer H3's off road in Michigan

Off-roading is a thrilling and fun way to spend a weekend. But there are some things that every beginner should aware of before they set out on their adventure. It may seem as easy as just driving up a hill, but there are danger and techniques that beginners only become aware of through experience. Here is a list of guidelines to help make your first off-road adventure a success.

  • Know Your Limits – As a beginner you may not completely understand how far you or your vehicle can be pushed. On your first outing you should start easy and never take on more than you or your vehicle can handle.
  • Understand Your Vehicle – Your vehicle comes equipped with four-wheel drive, you should understand and know how to use every feature that your vehicle offers.
  • Know How To Change A Tire – Throughout your off-roading adventures you may have to change a tire due to damage caused by the terrain. It is important that you know where you spare is located and how to properly use the jack. If you are not familiar with how to use a jack properly, you may want to ask a companion or other driver for help.
  • Always Be Prepared – You never know what can happen when you set out for a day off-roading. Packing an emergency supply kit will keep you safe in the case you need to wait for help to arrive.
  • Inspect Your Vehicle – Before leaving for your adventure it is important that you check the fluid levels in your vehicle. This will insure that your oil is at the proper level and that your anti-freeze reservoir is full. You will also want to check your tires to make sure they are at the proper level for the terrain you will be driving on.
  • Check Weight Levels – When loading your vehicle for an off-roading trip you should always pack your supplies in a manner that will equally distribute the weight along your vehicle. If you place all of your heavy coolers to one side and hit a hard bump your vehicle may tip to the heavier side.

These are only a few tips to help beginner’s get started. If you feel that you have more questions consult someone who has more experience and can lend you a hand until you are a more experienced off-roader.

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Orange Rock

Orange Rock And Steep Terrain In The Canyon Near East Coulee AB Near Drumheller

If you are an off-road enthusiast every steep hill you see presents a challenge that you are happy to accept. But sometimes those hills and rock faces seem steeper than they had when you started the climb. If you find yourself in this type of situation the following tips may help you safely make it back down.

  1. Good Traction – Maintaining proper traction while climbing or coming down is very important in completing your journey safely. Many beginners think that speed translates into good traction, but it can actually hinder you progress. If you feel that your traction is less than what is needed it is recommended that you go back down and try a different line of attack.
  2. Do Not Ride Your Brakes – It is a natural response to hit to the brakes when coming down a steep hill, but doing so may cause you to lose traction and your vehicle may begin to slide. A better way to slow down your vehicle is by using compression braking to slow your vehicle, this method allows you to hold back and maintain a slow and steady pace down the hill.
  3. Properly Store Your Gear – Insuring that any extras you have brought along on your trip are properly secured in your vehicle will keep them falling out of your vehicle and possibly injuring someone who is down below.
  4. Install A Roll Cage – If you are an avid four wheeler, you may want to permanently install a roll cage on your vehicle. These cages are designed to protect you in the case that your vehicle should happen lose traction and roll.
  5. Maintain Visibility – If you cannot see what is on the other side of the hill you are climbing, it is highly suggested that you stop your vehicle and safely find a point that offers you a view of any obstacles that may be dangerous to you or any other vehicle that happens to be on the same path as you.

These are only a few of the many safety precautions that every four wheeler should practice. The safer you are, the safer everyone around you will be. Always be on the lookout for any obstacles on the trail that may cause an accident, avoiding these will keep you safe and allow you to explore for years to come.

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Pentland Hills - south-west of Edinburgh, Scotland

All off-roaders know the importance of proper driving techniques when climbing hills. When you decide to climb a hill there are some things that you should do first. You will want to look at the hill and get a feel for the terrain. Looking at the slope and the terrain will give you an idea of how to approach the hill and where to start your climb. It is important to remember that every hill you climb you may have to come back down, if you feel that you can safely reach the summit and if you have to come back down make sure that you can do so in a safe way.

When you begin your climb you should use a gear that will help pull you up the hill. Choosing the right gear is important when climbing hills, if you choose a gear that is too low, you will spend a lot of time just spinning your wheels. Using a gear that helps your climb instead of fights it will make your ascent that much easier.

Keeping your vehicle parallel with the slope of the hill will help equally distribute the weight of your vehicle. This will also provide you with better traction on all four wheels.

You should also apply most of your power when you begin your climb and back off the gas as you reach the top. This will help keep you in control of your vehicle as it reaches the peak of the hill. Using too much gas towards the top may lead to you losing control and plummeting down the other side.

If you reach a point in your climb where you must stop, remember to turn off the engine while leaving it in gear. If you are stopped on a steep hill you may want to place rocks or blocks behind the tires to avoid it from rolling down the hill. Stopping on a hill can be dangerous; all safety precautions should be followed when stopping.

Stopping on a hill may be necessary when you feel that you are unable to keep climbing the hill, if this is the case you should carefully plan a descent route that will take you back to the bottom safely.

Now who would like to take a trip to Scotland to run those hills?

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