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Tips for off-roading your Toyota pickup

Tips for off-roading your Toyota pickup

Toyota pickups are some of the top off-roading vehicles on the market, and they’re ready for adventure right off the lot. When you feel inspired to get off the beaten path in your Toyota pickup, but you’re looking for some tips on how to safely do so, then you have come to the right place. At our Hallmark Toyota dealership in Orangeville, ON, we have a very large selection of new and pre-owned Toyota pickup trucks that are waiting for you to take out for a test drive. There are many benefits of owning a Toyota pickup and taking it off-roading. In this blog, we talk about a few tips for off-roading your Toyota pickup. 

Know your Toyota pickup 

Before you make plans to set out on an off-road adventure, it’s important to know how much your vehicle can handle and where it can take you. Not all vehicles are equipped for the most challenging types of terrain, so be sure you know what yours is made to do. For many pickups like the Toyota Tundra, you should also have a basic understanding of the vehicle’s angles. This includes knowing how much clearance you have under the front and rear bumpers, so you can safely clear obstacles on both sides. 

Prepare for the terrain you will be encountering

Knowing what’s ahead might sound counterintuitive when it comes to off-roading, but you’ll have the most fun when you’re prepared for what’s coming up. Know whether there are existing trails or tracks on your route if major obstacles like trees and rocks are present and whether there are deep ruts to avoid. With this knowledge in your back pocket, you can pick the most rewarding and frustration-free route.

Understand how to control the slides 

When you’re driving on particularly challenging terrain, slides are inevitable. Because you don’t want to let a minor slip turn into a major problem, though, it’s important to learn how to control slides. Keep your cool, and try to resist hitting the brakes. If you’re driving uphill, press both the brake and clutch and reverse back down the hill. If you’re heading downhill, use the engine brake to keep the wheels from locking, and do your best to steer around any obstacles in your way.

Use your tires wisely 

Your Toyota pickup’s build and engine are some of the most critical components for off-roading, but your tires can also do wonders to get you going and keep things moving. In general, lower tire pressure helps you gain more traction when you’re off-roading since lower pressure makes your tires flexible enough to grip rocks and terrain. This tweak is even more important if you’re driving across sand dunes since the lower pressure gives your tires more surface area to work with. Extremely low pressure can cause tires to slip off the rim, so keep a close eye on your tires.

Make sure to pack extra gear because you never know

Even with careful planning and smart moves, your pickup is bound to get stuck somewhere. Floor mats can help you regain traction in slippery conditions, but you’ll need towing gear if you’re really stuck. Pack a heavy-duty tow strap if you’re traveling with another off-road vehicle or an electric winch if you travel solo. When you’re all packed and ready to go, don’t forget to bring a friend or fellow off-road enthusiast. Not only is off-roading much more fun when you have someone to share it with, but taking a friend along is smart for safety, too.

If you are looking for a new or pre-owned Toyota vehicle to go off-roading in, then a Toyota pickup truck could be a great fit. We encourage you to schedule a test drive at our Hallmark Toyota dealership on our website today. Click here to find our contact information, schedule a test drive, or to speak with a representative.