For most of us, a bumpy, muddy, rocky road has to be driving nightmare. But for some, the rougher the road the better. In fact, for several adventurers known as off-roaders, their off-road obsession means that no road is best of all.
Off-roading is a term used to describe driving on unpaved ground. This surface can be almost anything other than typical smooth pavement, including fields, riverbeds, muddy bogs, sand dunes, beaches, mountainsides, gravel, boulders and even roads that have fallen into disrepair. When not paved (or paved well), it’s fair game for off-roaders.
Some off-roaders enjoy the natural scenery, while others love the technical challenge that driving on unpaved ground presents. Whatever type of off-roading you’re into, it may be a great pastime providing you know what you’re doing.
The natural terrain is uneven and can be unpredictable, so it’s essential have the proper equipment for off-road driving. While technically you can go off-roading in any vehicle, trucks, SUVs and other high-riding vehicles are best suited to handle bumps and bruises found off the beaten path. You might like to use four-wheelers, dirt bikes, dune buggies or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which are engineered for off-road driving. If you’re taking up off-roading as a hobby, a low-riding compact car probably won’t cut it.