It’s an old adage that practice makes perfect, and without it, you can lapse into a lazy and lackadaisical lifestyle where you can miss out on the good things in life, such as 4-wheeling. I think we all need to wheel a minimum of once a month, and preferably every day (as in Dirt Every Day), not only to keep your skill level up but also to have fun!
Sure, it takes time to learn how to wheel at the level you want, whether it is backroads cruising or full-on competition or recreational rock bouncing. But once you’ve mastered any task or at least become quite adept at it, you’re set for a lifetime of fun.
As life goes on, it takes constant reinforcement or practice to keep you sharp and on your toes. For example, although a simple task like riding a bike is easy to take up even after years off the seat, operating a helicopter after years away from the controls is not so easy, regardless of your experience. The same goes for wheeling, as that skill falls somewhere between skateboarding and flying the Space Shuttle. Heck, that’s why pilots need to be recertified every few years regardless of practice, or being perfect. As for the rest of us, simply going out a few times a month is usually sufficient to hone our wheeling skills, even though we should all be out far more than we do.
In this job we get to wheel for fun as well as earning a living. In our recent 4x4 of the Year test on page 46 of this issue, we spent a week flogging (but not damaging) four new rigs over a variety of terrain. One of the judges remarked, “Man, this is fun. We should do it more often.” That really resonated with us. No, we can’t do this type of wheeling every week or month, but we can do something in the dirt, mud, or rocks to keep us in practice and prevent insanity. Even for those of you who wheel in your daily job or compete on a circuit, it is practice that makes perfect. Don’t get lazy. Go grab the keys and find some dirt—you’ll come back smiling if you do!