Off- road driving comes with a set of dos and don'ts. Safety and protection of your companions, your car, yourself and that of the ever-fragile ecosystem and increasingly endangered wildlife is paramount.

Deserts pose specific challenges that should not be taken lightly. Here are some tips that will make your off-road adventure memorable for all the right reasons.

  • Plan your trip.

Before embarking on a desert drive, plan. Carefully prepare with all the required gear and recovery tools, inform others about your trip, and making sure you have a companion or better still, are accompanied by one or more vehicles.
  • Keep an eye on the dashboard.

Check indications on your vehicle's instrument panel from time to time. Fuel gauge, oil pressure light, tyre pressure warning light, engine temperature warning, battery alert, traction control malfunction and anti-lock brake (ABS) warning light are of special importance. Running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere or an overheated engine would be frustrating punctuation in your adventure.

  • Drive slow and steady.

On unfamiliar terrain, you might not notice dangers that lurk while driving fast. More importantly, you will miss out on the natural beauty around you.

  • Focus on the terrain.

The more challenging and complex the terrain, the greater the attention it deserves. It is not a good idea to juggle between the wheel and your cell phone or changing radio stations while driving, especially when your vehicle’s axle are in an extra vulnerable situation.

  • Keep the engine RPM low.

To drive at the optimal speed, and in the absence of any obstacle, use low gear when off-roading. If inexperienced, it is best to be trained or have someone show you how it’s done.

  • Carefully examine obstacles.

When faced with an obstacle, and if unsure of how to overcome it, step out from the vehicle and take a closer look at it and at alternative routes.

In addition to these pointers, it is imperative that your tyres, quite literally, are up for the ride. Tyres like Bridgestone DUELER, which combine the toughness and high-level traction required for challenging terrain, are ideal for such adventures.