An off-road adventure is often a fascinating experience. However, it can be scary, especially if you don’t know the basics. You need to take some few minutes to prepare yourself and the vehicle. Here are critical steps you might want to consider.
Know Your Vehicle
Take the vehicle’s manufacturer’s manual and read through it to help you know how it works. For instance, you need to determine whether the vehicle has a high or low ground clearance. A vehicle with a good off-road ability should have a higher ground clearance. The manual will also help you understand how to lock the vehicle in four-wheel drive and when to apply it.
Research on the Best Areas for Off-Road Trips
You need to research on different off-road locations so that you can know the areas that are suitable for your vehicle and level of experience. It is also imperative you know the trail conditions in the area before you begin your trip. If you are inexperienced, find a place that has an easy terrain. You can try out ORV parks or US Forest Service roads. They have cheaper rates and provide you with a wide variety of terrains tailored for different levels of experience. You can look at various online platforms to find a suitable place in your state.
Bring With You All the Essentials
You need to have the basic equipment on board your jeep when going off-road. Something might go wrong somewhere, and you will want to be prepared to tackle it. Carry a medium-sized accessory kit that contains a pair of heavy duty gloves, tow straps, clevis shackles, tree-save strap and snatch block. You must make sure the gas tank is full and the spare tire in the right condition. Other essentials include navigational tools, first aid kits, mobile phones, portable air compressor, mounting winch, high lift jacks, shovel and fire extinguishers.
Learn a Few Tips and Tricks
You need to learn a few tricks and tips to survive on the trail. Study the terrain so that you know what you are getting yourself into. You might want to get out of the vehicle and scout ahead to get an idea on how to handle the next section. For instance, a trail that disappears at a point may mean a steep hill ahead. You need to lower your tire pressure to increase traction. A low pressure allows the tires to flex and mold themselves around a rock or any other obstacle in the terrain. Tires with low pressure also increase the grip and the ride quality. A typical tire pressure for off-road vehicles should not be more than 8 psi. Be cautious about very low pressure, as this will increase the likelihood of the bead popping off the rim and causing a flat tire. Do not squeeze in more throttles in case your tires begin to spin and slide on sandy surfaces or holes. More throttles reduce the grip and destroy the tires quickly. Instead, turn the wheels back and forth to allow the biting edges get a stronger grip on the fresh patches of the ground.
Do Not Ride Alone
It is important you go with someone to help you in case something comes up. If you are not able to bring someone, at least tell a few people about your intention to go for an off-road trip and when you expect to come back. You also need to check the weather for that day to avoid accidents and breakdowns on the trail. Make sure the weather forecast highlights something you can handle. There are several apps and online resources that provide weather updates in real-time.
Brian Rees is a media relations representative for Shippers Supplies. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, music, and maintaining a healthy, conscious lifestyle.
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