How to Prepare Your New Jeep for Off-Roading

March 3rd, 2016 by

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If you’ve just purchased a new Jeep, we know what your first stop is going to be: an off-roading track. The brand’s vehicles are more than capable of overcoming any type of terrain, but that doesn’t mean you can blindly travel on these trails.

It’s important to understand how your Jeep operates on these off-roading courses. We’ve compiled several helpful pointers below, which should help you stay on your intended path (while also keeping your Jeep unscathed). Then, when you leave that Jeep dealership in Miami, you’ll be fully prepared to take on any terrain…

Sand

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We constantly see commercials that feature a car owner driving their new vehicle on the beach. We all went that from our off-roader, but is it plausible?

Sand is one of the toughest terrains to drive through, even if you’re traveling in a durable Jeep. The tiny grains provide little to no traction, and if you happen to get stuck in an unseen hole, you may have difficulties getting out of the predicament.

Still, your Jeep should be able to get through the sand, assuming you’ve manipulated your vehicle a bit. The brand suggests dropping the air pressure about 10 to 12 pounds, and you should access the four-wheel-drive capabilities to help improve your forward momentum.

Of course, you can also switch up your driving tendencies. Slow turns could get you stuck, so it’s better to make wider, arcing turns. In general, you’ll want your vehicle to maintain its forward momentum throughout the entire journey.

Rocks

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As the Jeep website notes, this off-roading hobby is referred to “crawling” for a reason. You’re going to slowly glide your Jeep up these difficult and uneven terrains, and you should successfully reach your destination.

When traveling on rocks, you’ll want to be driving your Jeep on a low gear and a low-range four-wheel drive, and you’re essentially going to allow your vehicle to glide and idle throughout the path. You’ll also want to avoid straddling larger rocks, no matter how much ground clearance you think you may have.

However, if you do happen to go over a large obstacle, you shouldn’t worry too much. Engineers added several features to the Jeep vehicles to help prevent this kind of damage. Skid plates and rock rails will prevent dents and scrapes, and they should absorb energy from any collisions.

Snow and Mud

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We’ve all driven through wet conditions before, but there are several ways to manipulate your Jeep to make for the easiest adventure possible.

You’ll simply want to shift the transmission to the lowest possible gear, and you should rely on the lowest setting of your four-wheel-drive capabilities. You’ll want to keep the momentum going forward, but too much speed or braking could cause your vehicle to slide. If you do lose traction, turn your steering wheel rapidly. This will help the wheels gain contact with the ground.

 

Ready? The Jeep is capable of traveling through any conditions, whether it be sand, rocks, or mud. Just follow our pointers above, and you should be enjoying the best possible off-roading trip.

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