|Date:||November 19th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)|| |
It's not especially difficult. All the ones I've ever driven had a steering wheel and the standard arrangement of pedals for throttle and brake. So it's like driving a very large, very heavy, very powerful car. It can be great fun, once you're out in an open area on a good trail. I learned things (like how to estimate the hardness of terrain, how to take a slope, and how to know when it's time to back up rather than try going any further) that have had application in driving other vehicles too.
The thing you really need to keep in mind is that you've got vast momentum. Being a physicist will help you with that. Even moving slowly, you have more momentum than you have in your car at highway speed.
and how to know when it's time to back up rather than try going any further
Yes, I've done a little offroading in the past. This is an important thing to learn!