It’s true, there’s a lot to know about off-roading to do it safely and have the best experience.
You need to build a good knowledge base and understand the best techniques for tackling obstacles.
What you also need is good common sense. Make these practical tips part of your off-roading Bible to keep you safe and reduce the chance of having a wreck.
1. Don’t Go It Alone
As much fun as a last-minute ride out on the trails may seem, don’t do head out in your Jeep there’s someone coming with you.
Ideally, it is best to go with those driving other off-road vehicles, although having other people riding with you is still good.
You’ll have more fun and most importantly, have help if you need it.
Whether you have a flat, get stuck in the mud and need a winch bumper, have mechanical problems, or someone gets hurt, going with others means you can help each other out.
Without this help, you may be stranded in a dangerous situation.
2. Stay in Communication
Along with the above rule, always have a way to communicate with other party members and the world beyond the trails.
Keep in mind that the further you get from any cell towers, the less reliable your phone gets.
Alternative communication methods like CB or HAM radios are essential.
You can find your party members should you get separated from them and you’ll have a way to call for help if something more serious happens.
3. Be Prepared
Having the most fun and resolving a problem once you’re on the trail depends on being prepared.
Start out by preparing your Jeep with the right equipment such as a Jeep JL Grumper with a winch, good off-road tires to handle your activities, and open fenders, and other mods that boost your performance.
Always prepare your vehicle by carrying the right emergency items like tools, spare parts, recovery gear, and items necessary to get yourself out of a bind.
Lastly, prepare yourself by carrying a first aid kit, rain gear, emergency rations, extra clothing, extra water, and other survival gear.
Hopefully, you won’t need any of it; if you do, it will be there.
4. Have A Plan
Avoid just driving off into the backwoods without a plan.
Map out your route and determine what obstacles you’ll come across along the way.
Plan for these along with alternate routes in case of an emergency. Keep a map and compass with you.
If possible, take on new trails with others who have traveled them before.
Either way, learn what to expect from where you’re going and make sure everyone in the party knows the plan.
It will prevent unexpected surprises or getting lost.
5. Know When to Say When
Even though off-roading is about thrills and pushing limits, you have to know when to say when.
Pushing your Jeep beyond what it’s capable of doing is a recipe for disaster.
Similarly, if you try to get over or through a certain obstacle and it’s not working out, ask for help.
Seek advice on a better approach and learn to accept the fact that something may just be out of your skills range - even if your Jeep can handle it.
Most importantly, learn to recognize situations to avoid in order to stay safe and prevent an accident.
It’s critical to realize that anything can happen when you’re off-roading.
These essential tips will help you deal with unexpected situations most easily.
Hopefully, these final words of wisdom will have you on the road to fun and safe off-road adventures!