Traction, momentum and your car’s angles each play a part in getting you over, or through, the obstacles in front of you, but today we’re going over angles.
Before going off-roading, you should be familiar with three different angles: the approach angle, the departure angle and the break-over angle. Knowing each of these angles will keep you from scraping on obstacles or getting stuck.
Imagine you’re driving your car towards a ramp. If the ramp is too steep, your front bumper will hit the ramp, like a wall, before your tires are able to reach it. The maximum angle (from the ground) that a hill or obstacle can have and that the front of your car can still clear is called the approach angle. The same principle applies to the rear bumper and wheels on your car; this is the departure angle.
Likewise, when coming down off, say, a rock, you have to know how much clearance you have in your car’s midsection so that it won’t scrape the rock. The angle between your tires and the middle of your car’s underside is dubbed the break-over angle. If you don’t know the break-over angle of your car, you can wind up stuck on a rock with all wheels off the ground.
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Off-road driving involves a lot of common sense, patience, and skill. It’s not mastered instantly, but with practice, you’ll be driving more safely and ultimately having more fun.