KT Desert Drive: How to prepare for ultimate off-road experience

From must-have items to vehicle inspections, here's a list of things to check before heading out for a desert adventure

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Published: Sat 12 Nov 2022, 8:01 AM

Last updated: Sat 12 Nov 2022, 7:03 PM

There is a whole new world to explore when you take your four-wheel-drive truck or SUV from the smooth road network of the UAE to slippery rolling dunes in the desert. Driving in the desert is fun and challenging with winds influencing the tacks on dunes.

As Khaleej Times prepares to take its readers and participants on a safe and responsible four-wheeling experience, here is a checklist to get you prepared for the ultimate desert experience.


Vehicle

An easy way out would be to send your vehicle for a quick inspection at the workshop, but if your car has been recently serviced, going through the list below will suffice:

  • Tyres. Treat the drive day as the vehicle testing day and give all the tyres a thorough look to ensure they are in good condition, including the spare.
  • Check water level in the cooling system
  • Check for any leaks in the car, especially at the floor of the car
  • Check all the lights (headlights, taillights, hazard, etc.) for proper functioning
  • Get the battery life checked along with radiator hoses and fan belts

Equipment

Khaleej Times team will be present at every point to help. However, we recommend carrying a few equipment on the drive day that are essential companion on any off-road experience:


  • First-aid kit: We are talking about band-aids, bandage, antiseptic solution, ointment, cotton pads, bandage, sick bag, pain relieving medicine, sanitiser, etc., which can provide you immediate care and relief in case of minor incidents.
  • Tyre gauge and deflators. This is a must to ensure a safe off-roading experience.
  • Long-handled shovel
  • Tow rope rated to vehicle weight
  • Industrial gloves
  • Jack, base plate & wheel nut brace
  • Crowbar, lump hammer/hand axe
  • Wheel lock key (in case of security lug nuts)
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Tool kit (screwdrivers, hammer, insulated pliers, insulation and masking tape, spanners, spare spark plug and plug spanner, sheet of sacking or plastic 2x2m)

Personal utility

This list will vary from people to people, but just to give an idea, here are a few should have items:

  • Plenty of water
  • Warm clothes – a jumper or light jacket for the evening of fun and dinner at the desert camp
  • Tissues/wet wipes/ toilet paper
  • Trash bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Let’s do our bit and make this desert drive a memorable one.

The KT Desert Drive 2022 is happening on November 26. You can log on to https://ktdesertdrive.com/ to register for an enthralling experience.

Showing its support as a lead sponsor this year, Trading Enterprises — Jeep will be the new leader of the pack for the drive.

Besides the lead sponsor, Khaleej Times Desert Drive is also supported by: Castrol, exclusive lubricant partner; GoodYear, strategic sponsor; Nature Valley, nutrition sponsor; CAFU, mobile fueling partner; Agthia, water partner; Baskin-Robbins, gold sponsor; Galadari Brothers, gold sponsor, and Al Hamra, hospitality partner.

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