Off-roading is every outdoor enthusiast’s dream. It’s just you, your truck, and a whole bunch of mud. But before you hit the road, you should know a few things to keep you, your friends, and your vehicle safe. Read these tips before going off-roading with friends!
Know Your Vehicle
If you’re considering going off-roading, we assume you have the vehicle for it already, but that’s not all you need to know. Your car likely has multiple functions and settings that can help you make the most out of your adventure. Make sure you understand the Traction Control settings, which will help you grip the road, whether you can change your truck into low or high speed, and locking differentials. Also, make sure that you are servicing your car regularly to avoid any hiccups when you head out to the middle of nowhere.
Know What Extra Equipment You Need
Having a great 4×4 is the first step in a successful off-roading adventure with friends, but it might not be everything you need. This Guide to Off-Roading for the Uninitiated explains some of the most popular extras, including tires, suspension, bumpers, and more. Here’s a summary:
- Tires – While standard tires may suffice, off-road enthusiasts may want to invest in a set of tires that are made specially for different types of terrain. An off-roading excursion is only as good as your tires’ grip.
- Suspension – Most trucks should have a lift kit that is suitable for off-roading, but a higher quality suspension system will make your ride more comfortable. The suspension in your car is like the foundation for off-roading, so don’t skimp on your vehicle’s parts.
- Bumpers – Aftermarket front bumpers protect the front of your vehicle from obstacles like rocks, trees, and other obstacles. Back bumpers can also help protect your car, and some provide a handy place to put your spare tire in case you get stuck and need to change a flat out.
Prepare for Emergencies
Often, off-roading takes place in the middle of nowhere, and if an accident occurs, there’s no nearby medical help. Because of this, make sure you prepare for emergencies by packing a first aid kit, seatbelt cutter, window breaker, fire extinguisher, emergency non-perishable food, jackets or blankets, and plenty of water! We want you to have as much fun as possible with your friends on your off-roading trip, so be prepared ahead of time so you can spend more time off-roading and less time stressing about the details.
Know Your Conditions
Off-roading can be enjoyed year round, as long as you understand the conditions before you head out. In the summer, check for heat advisories and bring plenty of water. In the winter, make sure there aren’t any mudslides, thunderstorms, or extreme weather headed your way. These off-roading do’s and don’ts should help you further plan your trip and understand the weather and terrain conditions facing you and your friends.
Off-roading can be a fun and adventurous activities for people of all levels, as long as you prepare correctly and know what you’re getting yourself into. To make the most out of your trip, know your vehicle well and make sure it’s adequately serviced, research accessories to make your experience safer and more fun, and prepare for emergencies in case they strike. Let’s get muddy!