Is this your first time driving an off-road caravan? Do you need some handy tips to help you out? Well, you came to the right place! In this article, we’ll be giving you some helpful tips on how to drive an off-road caravan from basic driving tips to how to drive your off-road caravan on different terrain.
Basic Driving Tips
Of course, we have to start off with the basic tips you should keep in mind when you are driving your off-road caravan. Here are some examples:
1). Always Use Both Hands – Sometimes, it’s easy to take this rule for granted. However, it is a highly necessary rule especially for long hauls on outback tracks and roads. Make sure both your hands are on the steering wheel when you drive for your own and your passengers’ safety.
2). Take Break Intervals – It is important that you take small breaks, especially if you will be going on long drives so that you are well rested so you can continue on your long journey. It also allows you to perform a check-up on your caravan.
3). Use Mirrors – Try to maximise your mirrors as much as possible especially when reversing. After all, they are there for a reason!
Off-road caravans are designed for tough conditions and are able to traverse through all kinds of terrain. As such, it is important that you prepare your off-road caravan for these different environmental conditions to ensure that your travels are safe and sound. Here are some examples of this:
1). Rocky Landscapes & Slopes – When encountering rocky slopes, make sure that the keel of your caravan is as even as possible to avoid a lot of peaks and troughs. Try to avoid strongly resisting steering wheel feedback if you do feel any.
2). Steep Downhill Descents – As you descend a steep slope, there is no need to rush it. Ensure that you are descending slowly and that you make use of the engine breaks. If your caravan has the electronic hill descent control, then this is a handy setting that you can use as well, though you must still be cautious and attentive in the process.
3). Steep Uphill Ascents – Ascending steep slopes also requires careful caution and close attention. Make sure that you use the appropriate gears and speeds so that you can ascend the slope easily without bounces and bumps. If you happen to encounter crests or humps, make sure you that you back off.
4). Sandy Landscapes – Driving over sand can be quite tricky. However, one of the best things you should do when driving over sand is to make sure you drop the pressure of your tyres. Pressure as low as 120kPa allows the tyre contact to be larger so that it can float on top of the surface more easily.
However, sand textures can vary, from being soft to being a little firmer. You can be able to tell what texture it is from the patterns your tyres leave on the sand. If the tyre tracks are clearly defined and visible, then the sand is firm. On the other hand, if the tyre patterns leave narrow vees, then the sand is soft.
5). Mudholes – Be sure to anticipate the possibility of encountering mudholes and other debris like tree branches. Employ the same strategy as driving on sand—make sure your tyre pressure is low and that you maintain a steady momentum.
Driving At Different Times of the Day
With long trips, you often find yourself driving all day long, from morning to night. Here are some tips on how to drive your off-road caravan at different times of the day:
1). Night driving – Night driving requires attentiveness, as you might encounter unexpected hazards like animals suddenly appearing on the road. As such, when you are driving at night, make sure that you keep to a speed no more than 60 km/h. Nice and easy is always the way to go.
2). Dusk Driving – Unless it is absolutely necessary for you to drive at night, dusk time is usually a good indicator that you should camp out for the night to avoid possible road hazards and obstacles.
3). Sunset Driving – This tip is particularly useful for when you are driving on bush tracks. Usually, it is not ideal for you to drive on a bush track towards the setting sun at a time when nocturnal wildlife begins to emerge because your vision may be compromised. If your visors cannot block out the sun any longer, then stop for a quick break, take some pictures of the sunset, and once the sun sets you can begin driving again.
As we can see, there are a number of important considerations when it comes to driving your off-road caravan. You really need to take note of certain environmental factors and conditions and to also make sure that you get plenty of rest and take plenty of care, particularly when you are on a long haul.
Driving on an adventure can be a lot of fun and can be a very liberating experience. However, it is critical that you don’t compromise your own safety and the safety of other road users in the process. With this, we hope the tips we have shared will help make your adventure that much more enjoyable and most importantly, a safe one.
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