Off-roading is a lot of fun and it’s a hobby that is quickly on the rise. It’s a great opportunity to explore new places and have some fun with a capable vehicle that you probably spent a decent amount of money on at minimal. However, off-roading can also be fairly dangerous if you don’t treat it with risk. I recommend everyone follow these five rules to ensure your off-roading trip stays fun and doesn’t turn into a headache.
Think safety and pack properly
If you are planning an off-roading trip your main propriety should be safety. This means you need to pack properly from the start for those emergency situations that can pop up. Things like recovery straps, flashlights, and warm clothing. Don’t overlook items such as water and food that could keep you alive should you be stuck somewhere for an extended period of time.
Tell someone or take someone
Look if you are going off-roading you are probably going to be going somewhere remote or less travelled by people. It is strongly recommended that you tell someone where you are going, when you will arrive, and when you think you’ll be back. It is even better to take a second person with you, preferably in their own vehicle so they can help get you out or give you a ride home.
Like I’ve said several times already, off-roading can be a lot of fun and it can also being an incredibly unsafe activity. If that doesn’t have you thinking than you should know that do some planning than I don’t know what else could. Off-roading can be incredibly safety as long as everyone is following the mandate.
Know your limits and your vehicles limits
Before you head out to any off-roading trip you need to make sure you know your vehicle inside out. Does it have 4H and 4L? How about a locking differential? If you don’t know the answer to any of these basic questions than you should not be planning an offroad trip! There are also other factors to consider regarding your vehicle. You should know how it’ll handle on whatever offroad terrain you are about to hit.