We’ve all considered going off the grid and getting away from technology for a few days (or weeks).
Some do it for sustainability, and some to get back to their roots. Others may do it for health reasons or in an attempt to reconnect with Mother Nature.
But if you want to take a technology break, also known as a “digital detox,” it may require driving a stick shift, instead of letting a computer drive for you.
Benefits of Switching to an Off-Grid Car
Cleveland Clinic experts say a digital detox can help improve focus, reduce stress, and give you more control over your time. The same is true if you switch from a modern computer-powered vehicle to a classic gas-powered off-grid car. You also gain certain benefits:
- Getting a better understanding and appreciation of how automobiles work.
- A sense of independence and self-reliance.
- Set up and build your car modifications.
- You learn how to navigate while overlanding without computer-assisted driving.
- You’ll know how to do vehicle repairs.
- Create social connections with fellow classic car enthusiasts.
What Off-Grid Vehicle Can You Drive?
So, what off-the-grid cars can you try if you want one? Here are a few recommendations:
- Any Jeep: These are fast becoming popular due to their off-road qualities and rugged build. Since Jeeps can get exposed to a lot of mud, dirt and grime, they require effective cleaning and degreasing. However, they are built to withstand these conditions.
- Volkswagen Transporters: This vehicle is excellent for getting anostalgic hippie vibe. It doesn’t have to be a Volkswagen since you can use any old-school van as your family or group transportation. However, these old vans will require some care, and their engines will need an excellent degreaser to keep them clean.
- Long Bed 4×4 Pickup: Long-bed pickups are great for rugged outdoor driving. They also have enough space at the back to load your gear, such as a generator or water filter.
These are only some of the vehicles you can try. You can choose any gas-powered vehicle for overlanding if it isn’t powered by a computer chip.
Being a Responsible Off-Grid Car Owner
There’s more to living off the grid than a weekend camping trip. It’s empowering to learn how to grow your own food, not relying on groceries and big box stores. In addition, you produce your power using a generator.
The same is true when you switch to an off-grid car. Driving an off-grid car will make overlanding a bit more challenging. With a gas-powered manual transmission vehicle, it’s just you and the road. Your car won’t intervene or give you any directions. You’ll have to know how to do vehicle repairs if something goes wrong.
Here are a few tips for maintaining your off-grid vehicle:
Pay Attention to Car Modifications
One of the perks of owning a car that’s 20 or so years older is the car modifications you can add to them. You can swap in better components than the stock parts, such as the temperature gauge, voltmeter, brake lines, oil catch, and air filters. Some people have even found a way to use their cars as a generator.
Check Your Spark Plugs, Carburetor and Fuel System
It’s best to have extra spark plugs on hand since you need to replace them 12,000 to 80,000 miles, depending on the manufacturer’s specifications. Using the B-12 Chemtool helps maintain a car’s fuel system and carburetor, which also prolongs the life of spark plugs and other components. In addition, pay attention to gas tanks in older cars prone to rust buildup, which will require maintenance or replacement.
Air Filters and Coolant
You need to inspect the air filters in older cars, which are responsible for keeping dirt and debris off your engine. Part of vehicle repairs is replacing an old filter with an aftermarket reusable one. You should change or clean your filter every 3,000 to 6,000 miles.
In addition, to keep the engine running smoothly, you need to change the coolant of an older car every 24,000 to 62,000 miles. This will help prevent engine overheating.
Fuel and Oil
The fuel and oil decades ago differed from the ones we have today. Regular maintenance for older cars will require fuel additives and treatments to ensure your vehicle lasts longer.
It’s More Than Just a Hobby
Driving an off-grid car is more than just a hobby; you need to learn more about your vehicle.
To properly maintain it, you need to use quality car maintenance products designed to prolong the serviceable life of your vehicle. If you’re interested in any of our featured products, you can request a catalog or fill out this form to ask a question, and our specialists will be in touch!