It is becoming less and less common to drive off the asphalt. Most cars are not really capable of getting off the road (nor are most SUVs as much as they want appear) and most users do not even have that need. That would leave us with exceptions such as rural areas, with worse infrastructure, or with those users who seek it expressly. For them, we want to review some tips for driving on rocks and stones. Because one thing is to roll on a compact dirt road, which could have a similar wear on our vehicle than the asphalt, and another thing to do on stones of different sizes. This surface will be one of the most intense, one of the most damage to our car. That is why it is important to know, first of all, that it is not advisable to deal with any type of vehicle, refrain utilities compact and 90% of current SUVs, for example BMW X2 or Ford Explorer.
To have a car ready to drive on stony ground you have to take a look at the suspension. It has to be able to absorb all the irregularities (that with stones are constant) at any rate. It is also important to keep a considerable distance to the ground, so that the most voluminous objects do not damage the car. In this section, it is also recommended some extra protections in the low, as well as in the most exposed areas. Another element that is of great importance is the tires, which are in direct contact with the ground. We have already talked at length about the M + S tires, which are mandatory for this type of driving. We also did a review with some recommendations to choose off-road tire. At this point, we could say that for stones we would opt for ones with the M / T (Mud Terrain) label.
What we look for in these tires is that they have very reinforced structure, especially in the flanks, so that they can adapt to sudden changes in the surface without breaking. The wide rubber blocks and a very deep drawing will also help. As for the pressures, there has always been debate. With low pressure there is more adhesion, while with high pressure there is less risk of bursting the tire. In any case, better respect what is recommended by the manufacturer. In these environments it is more than advisable to have a spare wheel of normal size and road with the same type of tire. There is always more chance of puncturing stones than on asphalt and it will be appreciated to have that guarantee.
And of course, follow other tips on off-road driving. At this point we must remember to adjust the speed according to the obstacles, look for the ideal path without making sudden movements and keep the attention and patience first of all.