The statistics inform that as many as 90 % of the SUV owners don’t ever take their vehicles off-road.
What is this – an excessive concern for a rather expensive investment or just an absence of an actual need to do it? It is a known fact that many people buy SUVs, and in our case various Jeep models, just for the sake of their potential capabilities. The ladies claim that they feel much safer driving a larger vehicle. Men want to know that if all the sudden a snow storm breaks out, they will do fine. So, what if this winter is exactly the chance to turn the usual commuting into a real northern adventure?
And you don’t even have to drive it off the road. The actual road conditions can present a handful of troubles. Intense snow fall, slippery road, reduced visibility, high blizzards… Of course having a Jeep signifies that you are in good shape, but keep in mind that a 4-wheel drive won’t help you stopping any better. There are other things to consider, such as to always slow down when the road is slippery. It’s great to know what kind of 4×4 transmission your Jeep is equipped with. Some models come with a part-time transmission with front axle electronically engaged, when the wheels start to slip, while others have the more serious full-time transmission, and yet the third may look exactly like any other Jeep, but have a modest 2-wheel drive.
And a universal rule that applies is that tires make all the difference. Once could take a modest Subaru Forester, equipped with winter tires, and put it against a full-blown Land Cruiser with summer tires and easily beat it on an icy road. So in stead of putting groundless expectations on your Jeep, change into winter tires ahead of time and give them some time to break in.
And lastly, if you want to please the adventurous spirit in you and take your Jeep off the road, we advise to follow some basic safety rules. Know the terrain you are going to storm. A white layer of snow may insidiously hide trunks of fallen trees, rocks, and other dangerous obstacles. Take with you a shovel and emergency survival gear in case you get stock in a blizzard, as it can take hours to get out. Having a CB radio, traction strips, a tow strap, and a flash light is a must. Remember also to throw in some extra worm clothes and blankets, a buck saw, food and water. But most importantly, tell your close relatives where you are going, and when you are to be expected back. Drive carefully! And now, with all these considerations, your Jeep should be equipped and ready to give you all the pleasures of a winter adventure!