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64Chevy 06-27-2013 11:48 PM

Who drives?
 
When wheeling with your s/o (and assuming the JK in question is yours) how often do you switch, where you sit in the passenger seat or spot, and your s/o drives?

I'm trying to teach my bride where the wheels are (her spatial location skills are not the best). She is mostly happy to ride and look (which does work for me) but I am trying to get her "skilled up".

JeepCourtney3700 06-27-2013 11:59 PM

Then send her back to school. There are speciality schools where instructors teach drivers how to operate COG vehicles over different terrain. Both of you could attend and learn.

Don't teach her yourself because any bad habits you've developed over the years, you'll pass along to her.

64Chevy 06-28-2013 12:04 AM

Good point--we have both taken an off road class where we both drove. My instruction really consists of helping her learn how to put a wheel on (or not on) a rock or other obstacle (which really just means I get out and spot--letting her take a shot, and then directing her if she is off), and just being supportive. I teach high performance driving and racing skills (which doesn't mean squat off road) but I do have a clue how to coach drivers.

The question really was aimed at getting a sense from the group who drives when, and how much is shared.

JeepCourtney3700 06-28-2013 12:10 AM

Ah okay. Good for your sir! If what you said is true, that puts you guys ahead of most people who go offroad but think they're doing it correctly.

On all the expeditions that I've been on, the lady usually sits in the passenger seat and enjoys the view. :)

ColoRubicon 06-28-2013 12:12 AM

Our JKUR is my DD, my husband rarely drives it, when we go Jeeping he has only drove it for short periods, I have put on 99% of the miles so far and I don't mind one bit! :)

WhiskeyMike 06-28-2013 01:55 AM

Yep, we switch it up. Otherwise it's pretty boring for the rider. I even go so far as to sit in the back and have one of the kids sit up front. The real trick though is when I try to extricate my ass out of the back on uneven ground. It's not graceful.

The wife loves driving in sugar sand. I'm still working her courage up to do water crossings. :eek:

It's a good time. Only downside is that since she's been driving, she wants to trade in the minivan for another Jeep. So I expect that once Jeep makes a blue she likes, we'll have a second in the driveway. :thumb:


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