Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world, with a land area of 7,692 million square kilometres. It is considered the oldest, driest, flattest continent with the least fertile soil. Calling all off-road enthusiasts! Start drooling and gasping at the thought of roughing it up in the Australian terrains. But can your vehicle handle the harsh terrain? Don’t fret. If you have an all-road vehicle, you can still manage to drive through Australian dirt, gravel and tarmac. Popular brands like subaru claim their models can match the performance of conventional, heavily constructed, high clearance commercial four-wheel drives. If your vehicle can negotiate the roughest sections, terrain and fire roads but still allows you to drive through your city’s business district without looking like a Transformer, how can you lose? You have the confidence to join offroading caravans. Here is a list of what you need to know and remember:
- Plan the trip.
Check out the trail ahead to have a general idea of the level of its difficulty. An easy trail today may not be that easy in the coming days because of changing weather. Conditions in the wild constantly change. Advance information will help you prepare. If you ever encounter unfamiliar terrain, it is wise to get off your vehicle and walk around to check obstacles before engaging your vehicle. And should you have any uncertainty or hesitation on your skill to overcome the obstacle, try to find a way to go around it. Do not dare to engage your vehicle to avoid serious consequences.
- Stick to the map.
Offroading does not mean going on your own tracks. Refer to Australia’s Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ off-road vehicle map, which shows permitted and prohibited off-road vehicle areas. It is dangerous to steer off these trails because you cannot predict the weather, obstacles, and connectivity. Any breakdown in uncharted trails will be very risky.
- Do not forget to bring your tools.
Your car must be tuned up and primed before your off-road driving adventure. Always use original spare parts because they are made according to your car’s specification. Subaru performance parts enhance your car’s performance further. With that being said, it is indeed important for you to keep your tools stocked up. You cannot disregard the fact that vehicle breakdowns happen. Being out from your base camp, you need to be prepared to fix them yourselves. Flat tires are a common occurrence. Be prepared.
- Consider your fuel range.
Do you know your vehicle tank’s fuel range? Make a planned route that considers locations of gas stations along your trek and carry jerry cans for good measure. It is wise to have more fuel than you will need. Remember, rough terrains do not contribute to positive off-road vehicles’ PVI (pavement vehicle interaction). Dirt road can gulp fuel, so be prepared. Know your vehicles’ fuel efficiency.
- Let’s bolt-in.
You need to strap your things onto your vehicle if you do not want to end up picking up the pieces. As an off-roader, you already know by now how much bounce, torque, dips and force you can get. Invest in ratchet straps, roof racks, luggage pods, and drawer systems that you can bolt onto your vehicle.
You may also want to get a pacesetter y pipe to get the most out of your vehicle.
Offroading allows you to explore the off-beaten paths of Australia’s vast and wide landmass. Planning and choosing the best off-road vehicle will enable you to experience the desert region regarded as true outback Australia.