Rumbling through rocky terrain in your SUV or Jeep is such a rush. Off-road driving knows no limits. You want to slowly scale a mountain to get a better view? Go for it! Do you want to cross the river to reach a quiet little picnic spot? By all means, proceed. The world is your highway.
To make your next off-road adventure a guaranteed blast, adhere to the following ten tips. This list details how you can remain safe and be prepared for anything as you traverse your favorite trails.
10 Tips for Off-Road Driving
Tip 1: Make sure you have a full tank of gas. Not three-fourths of a tank, but a full tank. Off-roading burns through more fuel than simply riding along a smooth road. Don’t underestimate how much fuel you’ll go through. Pay attention to your gas gauge at all times.
Tip 2: Tell someone where you’re going. This may seem trivial, but you’ll want someone to know where you’ll be in case you have an emergency. This also allows first responders to know exactly how you may need to be rescued.
Tip 3: Do not travel alone. If you can help it, always go off-roading in groups or with a partner. Having another person accompany you not only makes for a better experience, but it’s also a lot safer.
Tip 4: Bring a radio for communication. Cell phone service is undoubtedly going to be spotty as you venture further away from populated areas. You won’t be able to depend on a weak cell phone signal. Having an alternative way to communicate will come in handy.
Top 5: Bring plenty of water and water bottles. Even if you don’t plan on being gone for very long, it’s always a good decision to be over prepared. Bring more than enough water, as well as some extra bottles in case you come upon a fresh water source.
Tip 6: Come equipped with a first-aid kit. Again, you never know what will happen so it’s best to be prepared. Make sure it has bandages, aspirin, and ice packs among other things.
Tip 7: Be aware of your surroundings. Also take a look at the road ahead so that you are aware of any dangers lurking around the corners or hills.
Top 8: Make sure your vehicle is safe. After breaks or stopping for periods of time, take a walk around your vehicle and make sure everything is functioning properly. Don’t forget to check your tire pressure as well.
Tip 9: Make sure you pack a map. Your electronic GPS can only get you so far. Knowing how to read a map is very important. There aren’t any road signs out in the wild. Oh, and don’t forget your compass.
Tip 10: Don’t leave anyone behind. When traveling in groups, stop every hour or so to make sure everyone in your party is present. It’s very easy to leave someone behind unintentionally if you don’t make a conscious effort to check.
Don’t Forget to Have a Blast!
Don’t let the above list fool you into thinking that an off-road adventure is only about being aware of risks. The awesome time you’ll have off-roading will be because you were prepared for the unexpected. No one ever said, “Johnny got mauled by a bear, and Tiffany fell off the cliff but it was a blast!”
Be safe. Be prepared. Have an awesome time!