Winter is here which means so are the horrendous road conditions and road closures. For many people, these nasty conditions caused by the snow and rain call for a dreaded drive or a shelter in place. But for us four-wheelers, we embrace this time of year. Even if the snow hasn’t reached our town, we go out of our way to find it.
A group of ARB 4X4 USA team members came together recently for a day of winter four-wheeling through the Cascade Mountain Range. For some, this was their first time off-roading in the snow but for others, it was their first time engaging their vehicle in 4WD. Aside from enjoying the beautiful views that the Pacific Northwest has to offer, this trip was put together to teach our group how to drive in the snow and how to properly use off-road equipment.
Each vehicle was equipped with off-road suspension and larger tires. Of course, many of the rigs were well equipped with Air Lockers and beadlock wheels for maximum traction; however, this was not a requirement for this trip. Using the ARB Digital EZ Deflator, the vehicles with beadlock wheels aired down to 5 PSI and the vehicles without them aired down to 10 PSI. Airing down allowed us to gain more traction because it increased the footprint of the tire. We were also equipped with ARB compressors which allowed us to air up when we were done on the trail and handheld radios for communication. Although the trails that we were tackling weren’t extremely challenging, we wanted to be prepared. Before the trip, we ensured that the ARB fleet vehicles were packed with the proper recovery and emergency gear for the terrain. The gear list consisted of an ARB Premium Recovery Kit, ARB Jack, ARB Speedy Seal Kit, TRED Pro recovery boards, and Warn Winches attached to ARB Bumpers.
The four-wheeling basics still apply for the snow; check your vehicle beforehand, don’t go alone, carry the correct gear for the terrain, and make sure you can always see the driver behind you in your rearview.
After deflating our tires, each of us engaged our vehicles into four-wheel drive. Those of us with lockers engaged our rear lockers, however, our front lockers remained unlocked until we needed them.