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Common Damages For Off-Roading Vehicles 

Do you enjoy driving offroad? There is a thrill in driving through challenging terrain. Being able to push yourself and your vehicle to its limits and conquering the terrain brings a great feeling of satisfaction.

However, no matter how powerful, expensive and recent your off-road vehicle is, it is still likely to receive damage. The conditions for off-road driving are simply rough and tough. Even if we can’t completely prevent all damages to the vehicle, what we can do to prevent grave damage is to know the most common types of damages it could get.

In that way, we can always check on those to also help prevent the need for off-road recovery. Here are the things you should watch out for:

Tire Damage

The tire is the part of your vehicle that touches the ground and is most susceptible to damage. Unlike driving on pavement, it goes through various terrains that could lead to it being punctured, torn, or easily worn out.

Although off-road tires are made to be durable and tough, they can still be damaged. It is best to always check for signs of wear and tear. Plus, you should also check the tire pressure. If your tires are worn out or flat, don’t take the chance to take them off-road. That is risking your rims getting damaged too.

Car Body Damage

The car body is another part of the car that is exposed to the elements. Sometimes, stones and rocks fly and could damage the vehicle’s body. Additionally, there are also other large rocks or obstacles where the car body could scrape into. Damages could include scratches, scrapes, gashes, and even dents.

Although the body damage is quite normal for offroading, you should still repair it from time to time so as to prevent corrosion of the inner metal.

Misaligned Wheels

Apart from the tires being worn out, the wheels are also prone to misalignment when used off-road. Wherever you go through off-road terrain, you should have your alignment checked and corrected immediately. It is best to fix this immediately than to develop severe problems in the future.

Undercarriage Damage

The undercarriage of the vehicle is exposed to various hazards wherever you go offroading. Sometimes, sharp rocks or even smaller stones can hit it. Some even get stuck when the undercarriage falls on a large rock and the wheels are lifted off the ground. Always check under the vehicle for signs of damage and leaks due to punctures.

Aside from punctures, the undercarriage is also more prone to moisture exposure while offroading. That’s why some people opt for undercoating. Usually, they use a rubberized product to help prevent the undercarriage from rusting.

Getting stuck during your offroad adventures is typical. It’s something many experiences. When it’s too tough for your vehicle and you are completely stuck, calling on professionals is the best thing to do. For those in the Cincinnati metro area, the best one to call is One Click Towing Company…

Mike At One Click Towing

Mike Campbell is the editor-in-chief / owner of One Click Towing Company. He's been in the automotive business most of his like growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio

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