For the beginner, getting into off-roading can seem complicated and intimidating. But, equipping your vehicle for optimal off-road capability isn’t as confusing as it may seem. To help you hit the dirt trails — or make some new ones — here is the Olathe Ford guide of off-roading basics.
The importance of traction control
As soon as you leave the paved road, tire slippage becomes a serious problem for most vehicles. Because of this, traction control is one of the most important considerations when setting up any off-road vehicle. One way modern off-road vehicles handle this is electronically. In fact, most modern pickups come with some sort of traction control system that can be toggled on and off. Another way to improve traction is to use a 4WD system equipped with a locking differential.
Like any specialized motorized activity, off-roading requires plenty of special equipment to make things easier (and more fun). For starters, you’ll want to look into off-road tires, custom suspension, specialized bumpers, a winch, and a snorkel kit.
Always be prepared
Off-roading is all about being prepared for whatever comes your way. To this end, there are a few items you should always take when you when you go muddding: a first-aid kit, a fire-extinguisher, a seatbelt cutter, a gas breaker, food, and water.
If you want a great vehicle for off-roading, check out the Ford F-150 at Olathe Ford.