The Basics of Toyota Off-Roading
When it comes to driving, you either love it or hate it. Most people dread their daily commutes, abhor the feeling of a gas and brake pedal beneath their feet, and just downright hate the sight of a highway. Then there are some of us who love the thrill of road, the roar of an engine, and the sense of excitement we get from behind the wheel. The road is enough to satisfy most of us, but some of us want more from our drive. That’s where Toyota off-roading comes in. Getting off the pavement and getting down in the mud with your trusty ride is as fun as it gets.
You might be ready to dive right into off-roading as your new favorite pastime, but there are a lot of ins and outs to this weekend activity that you need to know about before you get started. Toyota of Clermont is here with the details so you can get started right away.
Getting Started with Toyota Off-Roading
Off-roading, as fun as it is, isn’t an activity you can just dive into without knowing what you’re doing and without the proper supplies. Here are a few things you should consider before taking your Clermont Toyota ride off the pavement and onto the trails:
The Type of Vehicle You’re Driving
Before you get started on your new Toyota off-roading hobby, you need to start with the vehicle you plan on using. Not every vehicle is built to handle the harsh terrain of the trails. Vehicles like sedans, minivans, and smaller SUVs have difficulty navigating this terrain and could wind up with severe damage if you try using them in this way. Clermont Toyota off-roading vehicles are designed with enhanced suspension, trail specific tires, and driving features like Multi-terrain Select to help you tackle trails with ease. You should consider driving a vehicle like the Toyota Tacoma, Land Cruiser, and 4Runner if you want to start off-roading.
Who You Can Go With
Off-roading is a great activity that gives drivers a chance to connect with nature and chart places that rarely see visitors. However, we at Toyota of Clermont recommend bringing company along for the ride. Not only does company enhance the experience, but it’s good to have someone there to help in the event that your vehicle gets stuck or damaged. It only takes an unforeseen obstacle to pop up and ruin your off-roading expedition and you’re going to wish you had some help when and if that happens.
Aftermarket and Custom Vehicle Additions
Many Toyota vehicles are made to be driven on the trails straight from the lot, but we recommend adding custom or aftermarket parts to help your vehicle perform even better when off-roading. Lift-kits can enhance your clearance height and prevent your vehicle from running over hazards on the trail, enhanced lighting can help further illuminate your way, and so on. But, adding aftermarket parts to your Clermont Toyota off-roading vehicle often involves having to add other parts to make them fully compatible so be aware of this before getting started.
Having the Right Tools/Supplies
Toyota off-roading can take you to some remote areas and you need to make sure you’re ready for anything. Make sure to bring supplies along for the ride like:
- Jumper cables
- A full size spare tire
- Food and water
- GPS and a physical map
- Tire pressure gauge
- First aid kit
Are you ready to take your ride to the trails? Do you need help getting started on your off-roading journey? Toyota of Clermont is here to help! Visit us today at 16851 State Road 50.