August 27, 2015
For Land Rover owners, the joy of driving isn’t confined to the road – there is a world of off-road adventure to enjoy. So here are our top tips to prepare to take your Land Rover off road.
Know your vehicle and the land
Much of the preparation needed to take the Land Rover off road involves genning up on your Land Rover’s capabilities and thinking about your intended off road route. It’s a question of knowing your vehicle and how to handle it on the terrain you will be exploring. It’s also important to give your vehicle a quick check-up to ensure all is in order.
- Is your Land Rover off-roadworthy? Driving through mud, water, sand or snow will put more of a strain on your vehicle than the relative ease of the road, and it’s important to ensure there’s no rust or other problem with your vehicle. Book a service to ensure that your Land Rover is good to go, and top up fuel, oil and other fluids before you set off.
- Carry a copy of your Land Rover’s manual, and study it before you go. There may be functions or manoeuvres you need to perform that are not normally required on tarmac.
- Discover which gears are appropriate for which types of surfaces. The Land Rover website has a great rule-of-thumb guide to choosing gears for different terrains.
- Check your destination before setting off, if possible exploring it on foot to get a feel for possible obstacles. Take an Ordnance Survey map with you and mark any notable landmarks or features. Sat nav technology may not always help you when you venture off the road, and bear in mind your mobile signal will be patchy or non-existent in some off road areas.
Take safety precautions
You may be in for a bumpy ride, so it’s time to make sure that off-roading in your Land Rover is as safe as it can be.
- Remove any loose objects that could rattle around inside your vehicle (pens, sunglasses etc) and ensure that they are safely stowed away. Strap down any heavier items so that they won’t be dislodged when jolted around off-road.
- Consider any parts of your vehicle’s exterior that stick out – roof racks, mirrors, licence plates. You’ll need to be aware of these when driving through woodland and ensure that they don’t get damaged.
- Don’t drive too fast! Take care on difficult terrain, especially if you don’t know what’s around the corner or over the hill.
- Be prepared to turn back if necessary.
- Don’t go out alone, and always ensure that someone knows where you are and when you plan to return.
Stock up on supplies
As with any journey, you’ll need to make sure you’re carrying all the appropriate equipment and supplies. And since you’re taking the Land Rover off road, there are a few extra things you will need to bring with you:
- Tow ropes – choose heavy duty ones strong enough to recover your vehicle from a sticky situation
- 2 way radio
- First aid kit
- Waterproof clothes
- Adequate supplies of food and water
Going off road in Essex
Essex is a fantastic place to go off road, with a wealth of varied countryside to explore in your Land Rover. Check out the 4×4 Calendar website which lists regular off-road events for 4×4 vehicles.
Broadfields Garage – your local Land Rover specialists
If you’re taking your Land Rover off road, why not call in to Broadfields for a service. Call us on 01371 872 940 to book. We wish you a fantastic time on your off-road adventure.