The Nissan Navara 2019 range is not only attractive, but rugged, so it is no surprise that new owners are keen to take it off road. The Navara is a lifestyle vehicle that blends practicality and toughness with the refinement and comfort of a passenger car. This makes it ideal for weekend adventures, but before you get caught up in planning your trip, there are some beginner tips to help you be prepared for taking your new Nissan Navara off road.
Know Your Navara
While you may want to take your new Navara straight from the forecourt to tackle some rugged terrain, you need to understand its capabilities and limitations. You’ll need to know basic details like the lowest point, so you can figure out your ground clearance, approach and departure angles, and wading depths.
You’ll also need to load up your new Navara with the gear needed to cope with any sticky situation. When planning your trip, you’ll need to check the weather predictions for the duration of your trip and the days beforehand. Remember that heavy rains can drastically change surface conditions. You should also pack your off road emergency kit including shoes, a winch, recovery tracks, and a shovel to help get you out of any sandy spots.
Even expert off roaders appreciate that you need to pace yourself and carefully plan a route. The slower you’re driving, the easier it will be when you reach an obstacle. Things can go very wrong if you’re driving too fast over an obstacle. Going slower also provides you with the opportunity to think about what you’ll need to do next.
Be Wary of Water
While it can be tempting to jump in the deep end with your Nissan Navara, Perth off road conditions can be very challenging and potentially dangerous. Although water may only appear to be shallow, you need to check the depth and flow speed before you even think about driving into it. You need to ensure that it is safe to enter, approach slowly and maintain a constant speed.
Don’t Go Solo
If you’re unfamiliar with the area or new to four wheel driving, it is wise to avoid going solo and have some type of support car. Others should know a rough route of your trip and when you should be expected to return. This ensures that even if you run into trouble and lack phone coverage, someone can investigate and send help.
Trust Your Tech
The Nissan Navara 2019 is packed with technology, but you need to have the confidence to trust this tech. Technology has evolved, so you may not need to drive off road like your dad used to. This technology can do a better job than a human, so the limiting factor for off roading is the driver. If you are considering a Nissan Navara in Perth, be sure to speak to us. The Maddington Nissan team would be delighted to help answer any of your Nissan Navara questions or queries.