Gravel is used as a base material in the construction of roads, but for less trafficked roads,the road is often left with a gravel surface. For this reason, drivers should be able to adjust their driving behavior when moving from paved roads to gravel surfaces. In today’s blog, we’ll be going over how to to maintain vehicle control on gravel surfaces.
Here are some general considerations for maintaining vehicle control on gravel:
- Keep right as you approach and go around corners. If someone comes the other way at high speed, you might not have the time to safely move to your side of the road.
- Slow down! This will make cornering safer, and braking distances will, of course, be reduced.
- Maintain effective following distance. Even if the visibility is good, stay at least six seconds behind other vehicles and allow enough time and space.
- Gravel can be very dusty, especially in summer time. Keep in mind that visibility may decrease quickly and always be aware of your surroundings.
- Rain plus gravel equals mud, which is much more slippery. Always adjust to the weather conditions and speed up or slow down accordingly.
- If your vehicle does begin to skid, don’t hit the brakes. Take your foot off the accelerator, stay calm, look where you want to go, gently steer in that direction and keep driving at a lower speed.
BSR developed the Unimproved/Off-Road Driving Course, designed to improve the off-road driving skills of drivers at any experience level. Throughout the course, the student will learn about:
- How to read and change driving techniques based on vehicle language
- Approach and departure angles
- Weight and traction transfer, body position, hand management & pedal control
- Challenges of high and low frequency bumps and the problems each can create
- Vehicle control on gravel, top soil, grass, hard packed clay and shale rock at elevated speeds
- Brake/throttle traction management and momentum to maneuver on, around and over obstacles
- How to employ all the necessary pieces of equipment to recover a downed or stuck vehicle
- and so much more!
Upcoming UORDC Classes
- Aug 8, 2016
- Sep 12, 2016
- Oct 10, 2016
- Nov 7, 2016
- Dec 5, 2016