Tips for Off-Roading: What to Do Before Hitting the Trails

2016 Ford Expedition

Take your Expedition or other Ford vehicle off-roading with these tips to make the best of the experience.

 

Off-roading can be fun, especially if you know how to do it right. We’ve put together a list of tips for off-roading, ensuring you’re always safe and able to have fun. No one wants to end up stranded, so keeping these in mind could just define your driving experience.

According to Popular Mechanics, the best thing to do is to scope out the area first. Know where there might be unexpected terrain, drop-offs, and pedestrians. Look out for things like deer crossings, hills, and gorges. Remember, you can always stop and walk around if you can’t see what’s ahead.

Next, shift into four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive as soon as you hit the trail. Though you might think it sounds like common sense, many off-roaders forget to shift – before you know it you could end up stuck. Carry a reminder like a sticky-note so you don’t forget.

Always bring recovery gear. A sturdy rug can help you out of a rut and a spade can help you fill in holes. Serious gear should include a two-inch-wide tow strap (with fabric ends, not hooks), a pair of strong clevises, and an electric winch. Most importantly, bring a friend to help out.

New Ford Super Duty Lineup Adds 16 Segment-First Upgrades

Ford Super Duty lineup

Ford is reinventing the Super Duty. Adding some unique capabilities, the Ford Super Duty lineup is increasing capabilities, safety, and even some entertainment options. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it in a Super Duty pickup.

Some improvements to the 2017 lineup include options like using more military-grade aluminum alloys, cutting weight by more than 350 lbs, according to Ford. The Super Duty is also getting new chassis cab features like a high-strength frame with an open C-channel design to enable easy aftermarket up-fit modifications.

“While Super Duty is America’s best-selling heavy-duty truck, we never take our leadership for granted,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, technology and Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet.”

There are 16 segment-first options on the new lineup models, including advanced camera technologies, fifth-wheel capabilities, LED lighting, adaptive cruise control, and more. In-cab trailer tire pressure is also a first for these trucks, just one of many new options that make the Ford Super Duty pickups among the best in their class.

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