Ford Launches its New Desert Driving Tips Series
Not all 4x4s are Created Equal. Ford Middle East introduces the New Desert Driving Tips Video Series
We here in the Middle East or to be specific here in the UAE already said goodbye to the beating summers. The temps have drastically dropped down. The result is all out and about nature mingling trips. from rocky valleys to the most accessible beaches and the all around us the desert dunes. Not only these beautiful samples of nature provide a fresher unwinding times also and specifically deserts, but the Middle East also has some of the best desert driving spots in the world.
However, enticing it may seem, but sooner than ever, driving in the desert is not only tricky but gets quite challenging and it’s like a game where only the experience one gets successful, which means enjoyable and rewarding.
However, if you just happen to take the beautiful SUV off the shiny showroom floor and plan to visit the desert on your next weekend, Ford has put together a six-part Ford Desert Driving Tips series of helpful videos covering the basics of desert driving – giving adventurers the advice they need to get off the beaten path and into the dunes this winter.
Getting stuck is a real concern for many – but with a few simple steps and a little knowledge, driving in the sand can be a lot of fun. It will take you to places you’ve never been before, and give you a chance to experience the Middle East in a unique and exciting way.
Episode one of Ford Desert Driving Tips centers on choosing the right vehicle to go off-roading with. Given the right conditions and in the hands of expert drivers almost anything can be driven in the desert but for the rest of us, four-wheel-drive is a must. But not all four-wheel drives are created equal, and while many crossovers now come equipped with all-wheel-drive, some may not be suitable for a life negotiating soft, deep sand.
“You really need to look at a vehicle that has good ground clearance, four-wheel drive with low-range and the capability to be taken out in the dunes,” said Mike Chavez, series co-host and Ford Middle East Product Development Lead Technologist. “Crossovers are usually limited in their ground clearance, and approach and departure angles which are typically less than you need for off-roading. This is great for aerodynamics and fuel economy in daily driving, but when you come off-road and into the sand, you could damage the vehicle or get it stuck.”
Four-wheel drive not only channels engine power to each wheel but a low-range setting allows drivers to tap more of the engine’s torque and driving out of sticky situations. To help get the most out of the available traction on loose sand, drivers deflate their tires before leaving the road. With more tire in contact with the ground, the weight of the vehicle is spread over a wider area, allowing it to float on top of the sand.
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“The wheel and tire combination on a vehicle like the Ranger gives you more tire, so when you deflate it allows you to stay on top of the sand and not dig in and get stuck,” Chavez added.