If you’ve purchased a Peugeot 5008 SUV, it’s likely that you will want to take it off road at some point. The 5008 is a crossover it isn’t a dedicated off road vehicle, but it can perform quite well if you go for the “Active Grip Control” and the hill descent control system. Even without these options, the 5008 is competent soft roader, so we’ve put together three tips that will help you to prepare better for an off road adventure.
1. Understand Your Car
Many drivers believe that you can only venture off road in an all wheel drive or four wheel drive vehicle. This isn’t the case, as long as you’re familiar with the traction characteristics of your vehicle and you drive to in accord with them you can have a great time on unsealed roads. Bear in mind that a four wheel drive vehicle can tackle obstacles that you would never dream of attempting in a two wheel drive car. So, those deeper patches of sand, muddy outback trails and treacherous rocks are probably a step too far. But, if you take your time and drive to the strengths of your vehicle, you can cover many different types of surfaces.
2. Learn to Set Up Your Car
Most SUV style vehicles are not typically used as four wheel drive vehicles all the time. They are suburban people carriers used for school runs and shopping. So, when you’re ready to take your SUV or crossover out onto an unsealed surface, you need to make a few adjustments. Switching to four wheel drive (if you have it) will deliver the optimum amount of traction for off roading adventure. If you really want to get technical, you could lower your tyre pressures to improve the road holding, ride quality and tyre durability on rocky driving surfaces. If you’re venturing out onto a beach, you may even want to lower your tyre pressures even further to cope with the sand. A deflated tyre has a larger contact patch, and this will help your tyres to hover across the surface of the beach.
3. Pack Some Support Gear
In order to re-inflate your tyres, you will need some kind of air compressor. The last thing that you want to do is drive your 5008 back onto a tarmac road with deflated tyres. This will make your car unsafe to drive, and it could destroy your tyres at the same time. When you’re ready to deflate your tyres for off roading use a tyre deflator tool to get a quick and accurate read on your tyre pressure as you deflate. At some point, you will become stuck (it’s part of the fun), so pack a winch, jack, straps, and a full sized spare tyre to get you out of trouble. Always have plenty of water, some blankets, some snacks and a fully charged phone in case you really get into trouble. Also, make sure that someone knows where you are in case you get lost or stuck for a prolonged period of time.