Tips for Steep Terrain
“Take Your Time - The biggest mistake you can make is to mash the gas when attempting steep obstacles. Instead of stabbing the throttle, back down and analyze the obstacle. Try a slightly different line or a little more speed. Spinning tires don’t provide nearly as much traction as tires that are stuck to the ground.
Know what’s Ahead - If you cannot see the other side of the hill or obstacle you are about to attempt, it is wise to get out and check ahead to make certain that it is safe. Once you are belted in and behind the wheel it is too late to worry about what is on the other side or if there is traffic coming the other way down the trail. Another reason to check ahead is to survey the terrain. Once you start up the climb, it is likely that all you will see is hood and sky.
Use Your Gears - The key to making it up (or down) excessively steep terrain is to pick the right gear. Too high of a gear and you risk stalling; too low of a gear and you might not have the speed to keep your vehicle moving. You want to have enough momentum to make it to the end of the climb without having to shift in the middle of the obstacle. This is generally easier in vehicles with more gearing options, such as dual transfer cases, or with automatics, since the torque converter provides a safe margin for error.
Winch for Safety - If you think that there is a chance you might roll backwards off a steep ascent, or forwards off of a descent, hook up the winch to be safe. It is better to have the winch attached and not need it than to have to fumble to find the controller and unspool the cable in a precarious situation. Just remember not to run the cable over as you make forward progress.
Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited? – A Jeep Wrangler and a Wrangler Unlimited (4 door) on the same climb will produce drastically different results. The extra three feet of wheelbase on the Unlimited means that on many obstacles, the front tires are already up before the rear tires reach the ledge. Similarly, on descents there is less chance the rear of the vehicle will try to pass the front. The tradeoff is maneuverability. The two-door Wrangler will be superior in tight trails and angled objects that require a good breakover angle.
Avoid a Stall - While it is nearly impossible to kill the engine in a vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission, rigs fitted with manuals are much easier to stall. When the engine shuts off, power brakes and power steering essentially become manual. This can greatly reduce your ability to stop and turn just when you need it the most. Attempt to keep the vehicle running at all times if possible. If the engine does stall, attempt to restart it with the transmission in gear and the clutch out. A hand throttle is another helpful modification to keep the engine running while your feet work the clutch and the brake pedals. ” (Source: http://www.arrigopalmbeach.com/guide-to-jeep-offroading.htm)
Posted by pfiorini on Jan 28 2014 in Automotive Technology, Jeep News, Lifestyle
If you have been looking to purchase a 4×4 Sport Utility Vehicle, then the Jeep brand has undoubtedly crossed your mind. As it should, it is nearly synonymous with the SUV class. There are five models that mark the Jeep SUV lineup: The Wrangler, The Patriot, Liberty, Compass and Grand Cherokee. While the Wrangler is poster child of the brand, the Grand Cherokee has grown over the years to be a very popular choice for those who have families and would like to avoid the cramped back seating the Wrangler has. The Compass, Patriot and Liberty are the three newer models. The Patriot and Compass models are built on a car crossover platform to give it a bit sportier feel, and better fuel economy. Then again those who buy into the Jeep brand aren’t looking to save at the pumps, they are looking to enjoy the power and four-wheel drive capability. They want to plow through snow, drive safely on icy roads, and time to time take it off-roading for a camping trip or a trip to the beach. Jeeps were built to take on any adventure.
If you are on the market for a new Jeep SUV, and just don’t know what each model can offer you in terms of features. Then go ahead and read our reviews at Arrigo Palm Beach – Research Center
Posted by pfiorini on Sep 30 2012 in Jeep Reviews, Lifestyle
Ever wanted to drive like a racecar driver? It’s hard to find a place where that kind of driving is legal. But the Dodge SRT Driving Experience gives you the chance to not only drive your best, but learn and practice even more skills. Courses include Autocross – where you practice acceleration, braking, handling, reaction time, anticipation and cone avoidance. You’ll be practicing your skills in the Dodge Caliber SRT4 or the JEEP Grand Cherokee SRT8.
Opt for the Full Throttle Challenge and you can enjoy racing against an opponent. You’ll also learn new skills in acceleration, throttle control, and reaction time. You can experience this program in the Dodge Caliber SRT4, the Dodge Charger SRT8, Chrysler 300C SRT8, and the JEEP Grand Cherokee SRT8.
The Hot Laps program, as the name implies means taking a ride beside one of the professional drivers as they take the entire SRT lineup to maximum performance levels – buckle up and enjoy the ride.
Or take a turn yourself – the Performance Drive lets you test your driving skills at high speed with a professional driver right beside you to help you improve your acceleration, driving techniques, and skills.
It’s the perfect vacation for any car enthusiast.
Posted by pfiorini on Jan 21 2011 in Lifestyle
You know that Jeep has a long history, but do you know the story? In 1941 the U.S. Army called for bids for a new type of vehicle that had 4×4 capabilities for wartime use. Eventually the Jeep was created. Buy why the name Jeep? It was likely a combination of the Popeye character Eugene the Jeep, the fact that untested military equipment were nicknamed Jeep and lastly, in the civilian world, Jeep meant something that can tackle just about anything.
From there the Jeep legend was born. Jeep’s capability – experienced by many GIs during the war – helped to transition the vehicle to civilian use. First used as a delivery vehicle, it quickly became known as the fun vehicle that could do just about anything on just about any terrain.
Although Jeeps have changed over the years, offering everything from station wagons to trucks, two things have remained the same – that famous seven-slot grille and the fact that it remains an unsurpassed choice for off-roading fun.
Information for this post was taken from the official Jeep website.
Posted by pfiorini on Jan 14 2011 in Jeep News, Lifestyle
Its summer and it is hot. While many pet owners enjoy the companionship of their animal while on the road or around the town, it is very important to remember the rules of pet car safety. Traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your animal companions. With thoughtful preparation though, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone.
Traveling with a pet involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat and motoring off—especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don’t feed your animal in a moving vehicle—even if it is a long drive.
Cars Get Hot
Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car. On warm days, the temperature in your car can rise to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even with the windows opened slightly. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop, resulting in serious injury. Think about your trip ahead of time, so you will not have to leave your pet in a vehicle alone.
On the Road
Dogs and cats should always be kept safely inside the car. Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or become ill from having cold air forced into their lungs. Never transport a pet in the back of an open pickup truck. Stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and eliminate. Never permit your pet to leave the car without a collar, ID tag, and leash.
Posted by pfiorini on Jul 19 2010 in Lifestyle
Florida has become the leader in handling elderly drivers, which make since considering the state is the retirement capital of the U.S. Drawing millions of retirees from the Northeast and Midwest over the past few decades, Florida has become both a senior haven. That also means Florida has been dealing with the problem of elderly drivers for longer than any other state. Fortunately, the state happens to be on the cutting edge of coping with a motoring population that is dominated in many ways by those age 65 and older. Here’s some of what Florida has been doing to aid senior drivers:
Easier To Navigate Roads: Florida has been making visibility and navigability improvements statewide since at least 1991. Florida has increased pavement stripes on state highways from 4 inches to 6 inches wide, for example. It has put reflective pavement markings in the middle of roads at just 40-foot intervals; the norm has these markings separated by an 80-foot gap, so this approach makes them much easier to see. Florida has made street-name signs bigger and planted more “advance” street-name signs, placing them 1,000 feet before intersections to give elderly drivers more time to decide if they want to turn — and more room to get into the proper lane.
Florida Grand Driver: This promotes education and awareness through programs that reach out to senior drivers by providing Web-based information related to driver-safety courses and alternative transportation. The program also provides training to medical, social service and transportation professionals on older-driver issues, and sponsors safety talks at senior centers. Florida GrandDriver also holds events to help older drivers determine if they need to make adjustments to better fit into their cars.
Mass Transit: Improving mass transit specifically for senior passengers has long been a broad aim of the state’s transportation officials. Since the elderly carry a great deal of political clout in Florida, many cities have done a pretty good job of addressing their needs. In Palm Beach County, for example, Palm Tran, the public transportation agency, extends and adapts its services to seniors’ needs and demands in several ways. A senior-citizen discount — to 60 cents from the regular $1.25 single fare, for riders 65 years old and older — is only the most obvious.
Posted by pfiorini on Apr 29 2010 in Lifestyle
Tread Lightly! Pledge
Travel responsibly. Respect the rights of others. Educate yourself. Avoid sensitive areas. Do your part
Learn More About Tread Lightly
Tread Lightly! is an organization that promotes, among other things, the responsibility of those who off road to treat trails and the environment with respect, and to leave it as it was. Tread Lightly! is the nation’s only source for a full line of motorized and non-motorized outdoor ethics training and education. Tread Lightly!is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. The organization was launched in 1985 by the US Forest Service, and became a nonprofit organization in 1990. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment.
Tread Lightly!’s core focus is on people that use or are affected by motorized and mechanized vehicles. The organization offers unique programs and services to help remedy growing recreation issues. Unique enough, the federal government officially recognizes the organization as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles in the outdoors. Tread Lightly!’s positive message of balancing outdoor ethics with recreation has reached nearly 50 million people through strategically-designed public service announcements for print, radio, television and the web. More than $1 million in ad space is donated each year for these important messages. News coverage involving Tread Lightly! reaches an additional 10 million people per year.
Posted by pfiorini on Feb 26 2010 in Lifestyle