It's every overlander's worst nightmare: you're on a bad trail then a fun obstacle arises out of nowhere. You give it a shot, and something breaks miles away from any paved road.
While that is an unpleasant situation for any adventurer, strong barriers are not the only factor that can cause breakages. Poor car upkeep and aggressive driving can also have a major influence.
How Does Damage Typically Take Place?
Off-road mechanical failures are typically the result of a rapid load.
Impacts on big rocks or steps can also lead to bent steering rack ends or ball joints. The possibilities for breaking something off-road are limitless. However, breaking down off-road is caused by more than just obstacles. It could be something as basic as overheating or your clutch master cylinder deciding it no longer wants to function.
Reduce the Chances of Mechanical Failure
To be clear, there is no way to completely remove the possibility of mechanical troubles when driving off-road. However, you can dramatically lessen them.
Let's start with breakages that can occur through a challenging challenge. Avoiding damage here is as simple as having mechanical sympathy and proper mechanical knowledge.
Anyone who knows even the basics will be able to understand that running full throttle on a hill you didn't manage to drive for the 4th time in a row probably won't end well.
Assessing an obstacle before you drive it can also help to avoid car damage. For example, you could steer around any large rocks that may have caused problems, or you might choose a course that is significantly easier and less stressful for the car.
It is also critical to be aware of the condition of the road ahead, as traveling too fast on corrugations will shatter your vehicle. Unknown roads may also include hidden ditches or holes, and if you strike them too quickly, you may cause car damage.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Aside from being aware of your driving habits, having mechanical sympathy, and monitoring the road ahead, the most basic strategy for avoiding car damage is to perform preventative maintenance.
I'm sure you've heard this term before, but it's for good cause. Replacing something before it breaks can save your day and a lot of money on off-road towing bills.
Before embarking on a long journey, take your truck to a mechanic and have them thoroughly inspect it. Any component that appears to be failing must be replaced.
After that, make sure to replace all fluids and filters with new ones, and your vehicle will be more than ready to take on the adventure that awaits.
Maintain your focus!
Most vehicles fail due to a lack of maintenance, abuse, or both.
A maintained car with a cautious driver will very seldom fail and if you want to face any long journey successfully, you will need to adopt the same approach. Maintain your sharpness, keep up with maintenance, and employ common sense - it will get you far!