Ask 4WAAM – Driving Lifted

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Sometimes we get asked questions that are easy and simple and sometimes we get asked questions that are impossible to answer easily. 

In today’s case it is one of those questions that is on the impossible side to answer. “What is it like to drive a lifted vehicle?”

The answer to this is as convoluted as “What type of oil should I use?” or “What is the best lift for my Jeep?” Everyone’s experience is different.

Let’s talk about something that almost everyone agree on. ¬†Lifting a vehicle makes it less stable, more susceptible to cross winds, and it definitely takes a vehicle and makes it even less aerodynamic. Your mileage may vary but it will definitely go down.

Driving lifted.

Some people liken driving a lifted vehicle to trying to right a ship in a storm. When your vehicle is the height of a small building it does tend to list a little.

ship-in-storm-pb49_lWhat else is there to know?

Most people will think you are texting and driving. It isn’t because you are texting, it is because the vehicle wanders and needs constant course correction. It’s not scary, it’s not even worrisome, it is just how things go with your new found uber capable lifted wonder vehicle.

There is more maintenance with a lifted vehicle. You need to make sure the parts and pieces all stay torqued properly so not only do you stay safe but the other drivers stay safe. It also saves money on wear and tear of those new parts.

But what’s it really like?

Let’s be honest, at the end of the day it’s really awesome. You survey the plebeian drivers beneath your mighty rig. You look down on all but the biggest of trucks, people scamper out of you way and merging is now a joy. OK maybe merging isn’t a joy but the rest is true. Driving a lifted vehicle is one of the seminal driving experiences of your life. Like the first time you drag race, or that moment your dad let’s you take the wheel. It is something everyone who appreciates cars should at least once in their life. Not just on the road but take it into the dirt and play!

William Connor

As the Editor, William is responsible for all the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent that happens at 4WAAM. William brings a wide range of experience to this role having been a cook, a painter, a machinist, part time mechanic, computer programmer, and writer. He also wields a freely shared opinion on just about everything., just ask him.