Tips for Driving Your Nissan Patrol Cab Chassis on Country Roads
While you may be comfortable driving your Nissan Patrol around city streets and urban sites, but there are some significant differences between this type of driving and taking your vehicle out onto country roads. Fortunately, we have these helpful top tips.
Be Prepared for the Unexpected:
Although you always need to keep your wits about you whether you are driving in a city or in the middle of nowhere, in the country you simply don’t know that is around the next bend in the road. This means that it is vitally important that you keep your eyes open and are prepared for the unexpected. You need to look ahead as far as you can. Power poles, fences, and treelines can provide a clue about the road ahead, but keep a keen eye on any road signs or other indications of potential hazards ahead.
Consider the Changing Traction Conditions:
Country road conditions can vary from gravel on the road, dust, grass or even mud from farm vehicles and machinery. Since road speeds tend to be a little higher in the country, it means that any changes in traction conditions can be more problematic. Bear in mind that bitumen provides less traction when it is broken, so if the roads are not consistently or well repaired, you can have difficulties. On a long descent, you will need to use low gears to ensure maximum control, and this will also help to avoid overheating your brakes.
Be Ready for Unmarked Narrow Roads:
When you’re in the country, you need to be ready for roads that are physically narrow. These roads may not have lines or other markings, or you could find that the bitumen road surface narrows to leave dirt on either side of the road. This type of road means that you will need to slow down. Remember that not every hazard will be marked, so you need to be ready.
Have Animal Awareness:
Although you may come across a dog darting across an urban road, it is far more likely that you will encounter animals on country roads. You will need to take particular care around dusk and dawn. Although hitting a small rabbit shouldn’t be an issue, apart from for poor bunny, hitting a kangaroo can cause serious damage to your Patrol if you don’t have a bullbar fitted. Bear in mind, that you should never swerve for any animal as it can be far more dangerous.
If you would like to find out more about the capabilities of the Nissan Patrol Cab Chassis, Perth drivers should speak to us. The Maddington Nissan sales team would be delighted to answer any queries you may have or arrange for you to test drive the new Nissan Patrol Cab Chassis or any other model in the Nissan range.