Trail Trek Tour: Off-Road Driving In The 2019 Toyota TRD Pro

Every year, roughly 60,000 people come from all over the world to attend the Specialty Equipment Market Association, or SEMA for short, in Las Vegas. The SEMA Show is the most massive automotive specialty products trade show in the world known for their showcase of exclusive and exciting automobile builds.

Amongst the wide variety of brands at the tradeshow, Toyota invited us to attend their press conference to see the unveiling of their collaboration with Pizza Hut. The unique concept of building a truck to deliver fresh, piping hot pizza to your house via an onboard pie-making system is every ‘za lover’s dream.  Yes, what you read is right. Powered by a hydrogen fuel cell the electric-run Tundra PIE Pro can drive the streets with virtually no carbon footprint, leaving only water vapor emissions and delicious Pizza Hut pies in its wake. The Tundra is self-sufficient and the entire bed-mounted kitchen with two robotic arms can bake, cut, box and deliver your delicious hopes and dreams right to your door.

Aside from all the excitement of SEMA we were thrilled to be invited out for the Trail Trek Tour: Vegas Adventures alongside Toyota and BFGoodrich Tires. We took part in an off-road excursion through the rough Nevada Mountains in Toyota’s new 2019 “Voodoo Blue” TRD Pro line up. The line up consisted of the Toyota Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner, all of which were equipped with some new features to take on the rocky roads of Wheeler Pass. Although it was our first-time off-road driving, BF Goodrich Tires helped us understand the basic techniques to get us up and around precarious situations. Here is what we learned:

SAND, SNOW, AND MUD

  1. Deflate your tires a bit to increase your tire footprint for better traction.
  2. Use steady momentum all the way through.
  3. In sand and snow, if your wheels start to spin, ease off the gas a little to let the tires slow down and regain traction. In mud maintain some wheel spin to help clear mud from the drive tires.

ROCKS, LOGS, AND DITCHES

  1. Approach obstacles at an angle, so that only one tire engages, leaving the other three tires on solid ground for traction.
  2. To protect the fragile components on the underside of your vehicle, it’s best to drive over an obstacle by placing one tire on it, then gently driving over it.

HILLS

  1. Approach the hill straight on, so the weight is distributed equally, providing equal traction to all four tires.
  2. Use as high a gear as the vehicle will handle comfortably on the hill. If the gear is too low, you will spin the tires. If it’s too high, you won’t have enough power.
  3. Always prepare for a failed climb and have an escape plan.