Be sure you know your vehicle well, and have become used to driving it. You should also know your 4×4’s limits, and how not to exceed them. Other things to know about your 4×4 before you leave the pavement are:
- The location of your spare tire and jack, and how to use them
- The height, width, length, approach and departure angles, and ramp angle of your vehicle, so you know which tight spots you can squeeze through, and which you can’t. You’ll also want to know where the lowest point of clearance is, and how much clearance you have.
- Find out if your 4×4 has an electronic stability control system and learn when, why and how it works.
- Practice using the low ratio gearbox.
- Know the location of your 4×4 engine’s air intake and computer, so you’ll know the maximum depth of any water you can cross.
- Stay up to date on maintenance of belts, filters, and hoses, and keep all fluids topped off.