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Get your car off-road ready

With looming mountain ranges and expanses of desert dunes, the UAE could almost have been designed for offroad adventures. However, as anyone who’s been wadi or dune-bashing will know, saloon cars are an absolute no-no. The best off road vehicles are 4x4s with four-wheel drive, offer superior traction, suspension, and control, all of which are absolutely essential if you’re scything through sand or making your way up a treacherous mountainside. However, even these cars need to be prepared for offroad antics, so let’s have a look at how you can make yours offroad ready.

First Checks

Before you go anywhere near a wadi or the desert, you first need to check your vehicle’s up to the job. The best way to do this is to take it to Al-Futtaim FastFit and ask the staff to give it a thorough once-over.

If you explain you’re about to go offroad, they can put your car through a rigorous car check, ensuring that your suspension, bushings, and ground clearance are all as they should be. You can ask for a full engine check, so that you can be sure that yours isn’t going to fail at a critical moment.

The most important thing is to check that your tyres are in tip-top condition. Remember that not only will they need to cope with the demanding conditions off-road, but they’ll need to get you to and from your adventure too. So they’ll need to be road capable as well as designed for off-road use.

What to Pack?

Once you’ve had a car maintenance check, you can start to think about what you’ll need to take with you. Offroad excursions are all about being prepared for any eventuality, so here’s list of the top eight things you ought to have onboard.

1) A cannister of water for the radiator. It’s not just you and your passengers who can overheat! If your radiator ends up on the warm side or runs dry, a supply of water will help you out.

2) Fire extinguishers are a vital piece of kit. While it might seem like a remote idea that you need to be prepared for a fire, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

3) A high-rise jack. Whether you need to change a tyre or remove debris from under your vehicle, a jack will help to make easy work of it.

4) Portable air compressors are an absolute must. If you’re driving through challenging terrain, you may find you need to lower the PSI on your tyres to get some extra purchase. However, once you’ve passed through deep sand or muddy wadis, you’ll need to reinflate them to drive on a hard road surface again.

5) A spare tyre might take up a bit of room, but if you are unlucky enough to sustain a puncture or blowout, you’ll be grateful you took one.

6) Tow ropes and winches, rated for your offroad vehicle’s weight, can help to pull you out of a sticky situation.

7) Don’t forget an onboard first-aid kit. While no one wants to think about the potential for injury, offroad driving can be hazardous and it’s better to have first-aid equipment to hand.

8) Extra clothes, including tough gloves to protect your hands against burns or cuts, are a must. If you’re camping overnight, remember that while the desert can be incredibly hot during the day, temperatures can fall away quickly at night.

9) Two-way radios. These are ideal if you’re travelling in a party with other off-road cars. They allow you to stay in contact and give you a line of communication if the event of an emergency.

At Al-Futtaim FastFit, our staff are well-versed in checking vehicles that are about to go offroad. To make sure your next adventure doesn’t end in a breakdown or worse, call into your local Al-Futtaim Fastfit and let us give your vehicle the ultimate car check.