Desert Trip

Another amazing desert trip

Thanks to the guys who came out Friday for our monthly Desert Trip. It was a great day of fun in the sand. Stay tuned for LIWA end of this month.

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For bookings and more information please contactMinas at 04 339 2449 or 050 276 9903. Additionally, Minas can be emailed at [email protected]

To help you discover the thrill of desert driving, we offer the following services:

1) Desert Driving and Survival Courses

2) Experienced Desert Guides

3) Team Building and Group Activities

4) Free Monthly Off-Road Trips

Please see below for details. All courses and trips require the use of your 4×4; or we have various off-road ready 4×4s for you to rent for the day or weekend – these include GPS and safety equipment.

For a better understanding of what we are all about, watch this feature video from Gulf News featuring OffRoad-Zone

1) Desert Driving and Survival Courses

Cost/Person in AED Using Your Own 4×4:
Number of Persons 1 2 > 4 5 > 10 11+
Desert Course (4 hours) 850 750 600 500
Desert Course (8 hours) 1,200 1,000 800 700
Desert & Survival Course (5 hours) 1,000 850 700 600

Timings: 10:00am or 2:00pm Saturdays as well as custom bookings on Sundays to Thursdays

Requirements: Minimum age of 25, Valid Drivers Licence, 4×4 – if you don’t have one, you can rent one from us for AED 500

Learn the science behind driving in the desert!

2) Experienced Desert Guides

If you are contemplating venturing into the desert in a group, why not use one our experienced drivers to guide you to unique locations. Cost AED 300 per hour minimum 4 hours.

Our highly knowledgeable and skilled drivers guide groups to breathtaking locations for events or adventures!

3) Team Building and Group Activities

Cost/Person in AED Using Your Own 4×4:
Number of Persons 1 > 4 5 > 9 10 > 15 16+
Team Desert/Survival Course & BBQ 1,200 1,100 1,000 900
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Team Desert/Survival Course & BBQ: This course is ideal for executive teams, sales teams and company events following corporate lunches or training sessions. Teams will be instructed on desert driving and survival skills using our customised programme. The 5 to 6 hour day will end with a bbq at at private location in the desert. We also have specific desert driving courses for oil & gas companies.

Bespoke/Custom Trips: We can customise a team building adventure trip according to your need.

What We Supply: 4×4’s, GPS, tow rope & shackles, first aid kit, tyre gauge, spare tyre & jack, wooden board, shovel, water and snacks.

Bespoke, fun team-building activities involving 4×4 driving and survival courses!

4) Free Monthly Off-Road Trips

September: Friday, September 27, 2013 to Big Red to Fossil Rock (start time 9:00 am)

October: Friday, November 1, 2013 to Badaya (opposite big red) and exit to Al Ain road (start time 9:00 am)

November: Friday, November 29, 2013 to Liwa in Abu Dhabi (start time 9:00 am)

December: Friday, December 20, 2013 to Kalba-Fujeirah (start time 9:00 am)

Who can attend? Anyone with a 4×4 – beginner or advanced drivers. Priority is given to OffRoad-Zone customers, but there is always room for one more. If you don’t have a 4×4 you can rent one from us, subject to availability.

Amazing off-road adventures for our customers and their whole family!

Desert driving & survival tips

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A Must: Your 4×4 in good running order with a full tank of petrol
Safety: GPS, tow rope & shackles, first aid kit, tyre gauge, spare tyre & jack, wooden board, charged mobile & charger, shovel, camera and sun block
Food: lots of water, snacks, sandwiches, your favourite meats and beverages
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Mark you entry point in your GPS so you know where to go if lost
Deflate your tyres to below 15 psi – you can go as low as 8 psi, but you run the risk of you tyres coming off the wheel. Generally, 12 psi is very suitable.
Put your 4×4 in 4 high (4 low is not advisable for most 4x4s as it makes you dig in)
Turn off stability controls and airbags (if option exists and at your own risk)
Never enter desert alone and make sure you inform a friend re where you are going and when you will be returning
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Turning your air bags off has safety implications in case you get into an accident off-road. However, air bags, specially on the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 series, are sensitive. If you don’t turn them off, they might deploy while going quickly over a dune. This would basically ruin the whole trip as you can no longer drive and can be very expensive.

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How: Put your vehicle in 4×4 high (or low) and press the “ESP OFF” button and hold it for 5-7 seconds until “ESP OFF” text pops out on your dash. You will hear a “ping” sound when this happens.

Why: If you don’t turn it off, while driving on sand, your vehicle’s computer will think your vehicle is sliding and will stop the power going to a spinning wheel. You will then lose power and may get stuck.

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First tip is to take a course, from OffRoad-Zone or from others who may provide it. The best way to learn is to have a professional teach you and practice makes perfect. Here are some basic tips:

Start off slow, power will simply dig you in the sand
Move steering wheel side to side creating traction
Don’t cross dunes if you don’t know what’s on other side. You may risk nose diving or hitting another vehicle
Stay on trail to avoid damage to wildlife
Look ahead, decide your next move just like playing chess
Never stop flat – always stop uphill or downhill. This makes starting off much easier
Leave room between vehicles if in convoy to allow the driver in front to reverse back if need be
If getting stuck going uphill sideways, turn down and try again
If getting stuck going uphill straight up, consider reversing and trying again
If car is not moving, get out and asses
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OffRoad-Zone’s definition of stuck is: “when another vehicle is required to pull out your vehicle”. Follow theses steps to avoid one of your mates having bragging rights for pulling you out. If you 4×4 is not moving:

Release throttle immediately
Go outside an assess situation (along with your adult passenger.
Determine which tyre needs support or hanging.
Determine which way you should move. Normally, you should move in a downhill direction as it is very difficult for your vehicle to go uphill in sand. Be friends with gravity – use it to your advantage.
Clear out tyres and body of 4×4 of sand and get your passenger to push (shedding extra weight from the 4×4 in the process)
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Turn headlights on so you know who is in your convoy
Leave 2-3 car lengths between each 4×4, but don’t fall behind. It is very important to keep up with the driver in front of you
If you don’t see a car behind you, flash the cars ahead to signal for them to slow down
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Determine which way you should move.
The towing vehicle should be moving downhill and should be moving in line with the vehicle being towed. Do not pull the vehicle sideways.
Passengers should get out of vehicles.
Clear out tyres and body of 4×4 of sand.
Fasten the tow rope and shackle. Make sure the shackle’s flat side (where the bolt is) is facing the other vehicle. The bottom of U should be on the frame of the vehicle and the bolt should be touching the rope! Why you ask? In case the pulling vehicle is stuck and the rope is tight. This way you can turn the bolt and unhook the rope (you may have to read this again).
(only use heavy duty tow ropes and shackles and not the flimsy ones at petrol stations)
Give signal and start towing. Vehicle being towed should also be in gear and giving throttle
Stop when it is safe to do so
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