Prepare your Jeep for the offroad, and yourself
Prepare your Jeep for the Offroad is an initiative we at OffRoad-Zone are starting today. The purpose is to raise awareness of proper preparation and maintenance for the driver and vehicle. As part of our initiative, we will be updating our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with tips, suggestions, and advice on how to prepare your vehicle, and yourself, for the offroad.
The first step to prepare your Jeep for the offroad is preparing yourself. If you are prepared for whatever the offroad can deliver, your journey will be nothing but smooth and fun. At OffRoad-Zone, we have compiled a list of important questions and answers about the offroad. They’ll help everyone, from the beginner, to the real petrol head. Remember, preparation will keep you and yours safe and having lots of fun.[toggles][toggle title=”What should I bring to an off-road adventure trip?”]
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 your 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 your 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 the sand)
- Turn off stability controls and airbags (if option exists and at your own risk)
- Never enter the desert alone, and make sure you inform a friend of 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, especially 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 ruin the whole trip as you can no longer drive, and it 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
- Turn 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 assess
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OffRoad-Zone’s definition of stuck is: “when another vehicle is required to pull out your vehicle”. Follow these steps to avoid one of your mates having bragging rights for pulling you out. If your 4×4 is not moving:
- Release throttle immediately.
- Get out and assess situation (along with your adult passenger).
- Determine which tyre needs support or is 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).
- If the body of the 4×4 is sitting on the sand, you may need a tow (sorry).
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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.
- Stay alert and make sure you have the phone numbers of the convoy leader and sweeper.
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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 the 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 found at petrol stations.
- Give signals and start towing. Vehicle being towed should also be in gear and giving throttle.
- Stop when it is safe to do so.
For more information on how to prepare yourself and your vehicle, call or email us. Or better yet, drop by the shop. Now, prepare your Jeep for the offroad and get out there!
Working Hours: Saturday to Thursday – 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.
Address: Street 8, Al Quoz 1PO Box 74029, Dubai, UAE
Phone:+971 (0) 4 339 2449 or +971 (0) 4 339 2272
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Prepare your Jeep for the Offroad with a free Jeep inspection and desert guidebook from OffRoad-Zone
Dubai, UAE – OffRoad-Zone, Dubai’s leading private garage specialising in offroad vehicles, announces its ‘Prepare your Jeep for the Offroad’ initiative. The intention is to raise awareness of proper vehicle and driver preparation. All drivers are welcome to come to OffRoad-Zone for a free inspection and Desert Guidebook before they head out offroad.
Everyone, whether novice or experienced, is invited to book an appointment for a free vehicle inspection. OffRoad-Zone’s experienced staff will check all components necessary to make offroad driving safe and fun. The free offroad guidebook is a valuable resource for anyone wishing to travel offroad. It is packed with maps, tips, and important information. The guidebook is the single best resource for travelling offroad.
Hakob Harutyunyan, General Manager of OffRoad-Zone, commented, “We are very excited to launch this initiative. Driver and passenger safety is always paramount in our minds, and it all begins with proper preparation.”
Hakob also added, “It is important for both the driver and vehicle to be prepared. You don’t want to break down in the desert without the adequate knowledge or equipment. The most common break down is the tyre coming off the wheel. So, you need a proper spare tyre and jack and a wooden plank to place underneath the jack, so it does not sink in the sand.”
What other equipment is important for offroad driving?
– GPS, tow rope and shackles, first aid kit, tyre guage and mobile phone.
What is the single most important upgrade to a Jeep for the offroad?
– A minimum 2.5 inch full suspension lift kit including coils, shocks and dampers. There is no compromise for sheer clearance.
Will a suspension lift kit affect my vehicle’s performance on road?
– Yes. A properly installed suspension lift kit will actually improve your vehicle’s performance both on and offroad.
More advice, suggestions, and tips will be made available through the company’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. In addition, the employees will be available at OffRoad-Zone, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, UAE, to answer any and all questions regarding proper preparation and maintenance. OffRoad-Zone’s sister company, Rent-a-car LLC, has a fleet of exciting 4x4s and SUV’s to rent daily or long term with lease to own options. It also has a fleet of modified desert ready 4x4s to be rented for offroad adventures.
The UAE’s biggest Jeep and offroad specialist, OffRoad-Zone provides desert driving instruction, as well as full vehicle servicing. OffRoad-Zone is the leading independent garage in the UAE, and offers all the products needed to keep vehicles on, and off, the road. For further information: OffRoad-Zone.com; Street 8, Al Quoz 1, PO Box 74029, Dubai, UAE; [email protected]; +97143392449