DRIVING ON HILLS WHILE OFF-ROADING


Pentland Hills - south-west of Edinburgh, Scotland

All off-roaders know the importance of proper driving techniques when climbing hills. When you decide to climb a hill there are some things that you should do first. You will want to look at the hill and get a feel for the terrain. Looking at the slope and the terrain will give you an idea of how to approach the hill and where to start your climb. It is important to remember that every hill you climb you may have to come back down, if you feel that you can safely reach the summit and if you have to come back down make sure that you can do so in a safe way.


When you begin your climb you should use a gear that will help pull you up the hill. Choosing the right gear is important when climbing hills, if you choose a gear that is too low, you will spend a lot of time just spinning your wheels. Using a gear that helps your climb instead of fights it will make your ascent that much easier.

Keeping your vehicle parallel with the slope of the hill will help equally distribute the weight of your vehicle. This will also provide you with better traction on all four wheels.

You should also apply most of your power when you begin your climb and back off the gas as you reach the top. This will help keep you in control of your vehicle as it reaches the peak of the hill. Using too much gas towards the top may lead to you losing control and plummeting down the other side.

If you reach a point in your climb where you must stop, remember to turn off the engine while leaving it in gear. If you are stopped on a steep hill you may want to place rocks or blocks behind the tires to avoid it from rolling down the hill. Stopping on a hill can be dangerous; all safety precautions should be followed when stopping.

Stopping on a hill may be necessary when you feel that you are unable to keep climbing the hill, if this is the case you should carefully plan a descent route that will take you back to the bottom safely.

Now who would like to take a trip to Scotland to run those hills?

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."

4 comments

  1. I have just one question. Do I really have to cross the great divide to find terrain like this? It’s freakin awesome! I’d love to go to Scotland but I’d need someone else’s credit card to get there cause mine is maxed out.

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  2. I got totally excited when I saw that picture. It had a variety of terrain there, hills, rocks, and water.Then, I saw where it was at. That just made me sad.

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  3. I love driving my Jeep off road. I like a variety of terrains too but hill, particularly steep hills, call to me. It’s a rush I don’t get anywhere else. If you haven’t tried it, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. I tried rocks recently and found it too slow for my taste. I guess to each his own.

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  4. The most common mistake I see on the hills is the driver who thinks he needs to speed so as to reach the top in record time. They have no idea what they may run into on the way up and sometimes I have to wonder if they care. Off roading is a lot of fun, but you still need to use some common sense to keep you and your Jeep safe.

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