Off-Roading Basics

Off-Roading Basics
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As we all know, it takes some effort to get to the best waves. We locals don’t want to spend all day searching for a spot on the overcrowded beaches, only to have to navigate an ocean of sunburned tourists to make it into the water! The secret treasures of the island usually are blocked by a muddy, unpaved road. If you want to spend some quiet beach time with the monk seals, it might be helpful to go over some off-roading pointers!

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Off-roading essentials

  • A tank full of gas
  • First aid kit (you should have one in your car anyway)
  • Phone and charger
  • Tow rope
  • Spare tire
  • GPS
  • Water
  • Shovel

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Before you start, check the depth of the mud. Two inches is very different than four feet.

Whatever you do, the answer is never “floor it” when it comes to being stuck in the mud. You’ll either spin the tires deeper into the mud or you’ll lose control and slide (possibly into a tree). If you are stuck, try gently moving your vehicle slightly forwards and backward by slowly alternating between reverse and drive to create some traction under your tires.

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Don’t bother driving on sand if you don’t have four-wheel drive.

It is difficult to maintain traction on the sand, so the first thing to do is to deflate your tires to about 15-20 PSI. Lower tire pressure creates more surface area, which helps your tire stay on the surface of the sand.

Avoid turning as much as possible. It is a lot of work for your car to push through the sand, so maintaining your forward momentum will help keep you from getting stuck. If you do get stuck, you can use your floor mats to regain traction.

If there are already tracks in the sand, try to follow them, because the sand is already packed down.

Don’t forget to put the air back in your tires when you get back on the pavement!

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For more information, check out these articles:

If you need a four-wheel drive vehicle, we have you covered:

Now, go get out there!

What Your Favorite 2016 Car Model Says About Your New Year’s Resolutions






2016 is here and with that, new car models are hitting the lots. While they are all shiny and come with the latest gadgets, some might be more appealing to you than others. Here’s what your favorite 2016 model says about your New Year’s resolutions:

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: You have worked hard for a long time, and appreciate working hard now in order to be comfortable later. Your resolution for 2016 is to enjoy life a little bit more. You have worked hard long enough— it’s time to enjoy the little things life has to offer, like leather-trimmed seats and LED headlights. There’s nothing like driving down the Kamehameha highway with your Miata convertible top down and the wind flowing through your hair. And don’t worry, the part of you that still wants to save gas will still get 36 mpg in this little roadster.

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2016 FIAT 500e: You have always lived a good life, but now you feel it’s time to take it up a notch. You want to take extra good care this year by doing things like getting up early, exercising regularly, and eating healthier. On top of that, you want to help the world to also be healthy. That’s why you are drawn to the FIAT 500e, an electric car that not only looks good, but helps the earth feel better. You don’t have to give up the serenity of your commute with this little energy saver, either. Heated front seats, an electronic push-button shifter, and a rear park assist system make saving the world a comfortable task.
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2016 Buick Enclave: You have successfully lived a modest life and have never gone overboard with your spending. For 2016, you are looking to do some saving so that you can live a more comfortable life and have a fairly good amount of savings to fall back on. But don’t think this car isn’t loaded with all the perks. Whether it’s a Bluetooth audio system that connects directly to your phone, or the six-speed 288hp V-6 engine, this SUV has a lot of go. You value things that are nice, but are also responsible with your money, so you will do great with an Enclave— a car that is stylish but also affordable.

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2016 Jeep Renegade: Throughout your life, you have always loved the outdoors. Up until now though, it has only been a hobby. For 2016 you want that to dedicate yourself to more rock climbing,surfing, and camping trips. The newest member of the Jeep family will make this possible, with features like removable roof panels for a complete view of the sky, and the back cargo made to ensure you get your friends and your gear up a mountain easy. With a Jeep Renegade by your side you want to make 2016 about the memories, not just about sitting behind a desk all day.

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2016 Dodge Challenger: For you, 2016 is all about taking risks. Whether it be moving to a new city, changing jobs, or taking that dream vacation, you are ready to take the bull by the horns. While you are doing this, you are ready for a car that will make you feel like you are going through life with a little more horsepower than usual. Whether you’re wielding a 305hp V6 engine or the ultimate SRT Hellcat that roars at a cool 707hp, the this powerful muscle car will make sure 2016 is one to remember.
The New Year can be a great time to start out fresh and get that car of your dreams. At Cutter Auto, we believe that everyone deserves to drive a car they absolutely love. For all our new 2016 models, go to our website at where you can view our online inventory and find your perfect car for the new year!