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There are a few gear essentials everyone who drives off-road should carry, like a and a pair of recovery boards to extract you from sticky situations. But as anyone who's had to use those tools can tell you, the best policy is to avoid getting stuck in the first place.

Serious off-roaders know that releasing air from your tires creates a larger footprint, which equals greater traction and a more comfortable ride over rocky terrain. You can use the pin end of a tire pressure gauge to air down, but that can take forever when taking a 33-inch tire down from 35 psi to 10 psi or less.

Now, here's a handy tool that'll speed up the process.

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ARB ARB505 E-Z Deflator
$38.95

The tool is a faster and more accurate way to air down your tires. The instrument screws onto a tire's valve stem and allows you to remove the valve core. You then slide up a stopper that releases the air much faster then simply pushing in the pin. You can check the pressure as you go with the heavy-duty gauge, calibrated to read accurately at lower pressures. When you've reached your desired pressure, just screw the valve core back on and move on to the next tire.

Note: You should always air back up for safety when heading home. You can invest in an or go with a that plugs into your truck's 12V outlet. It may be tempting to drive to a gas station to air up, but breaking a tire bead and having a blow out could be catastrophic for you and someone else.

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