As another off-roading season approaches, let's take a moment to discuss a few simple steps that can be taken to make sure you have fun and stay safe.
Educate Yourself- Do your research! Not just about what the trails are like where you are going, but what the weather has been like, what it will be like while you're there, do you need any permits to be on the trails, etc.
Let Others Know Your Plans- Always make sure someone at home knows exactly where you plan to be and when you should be back. Since you will literally be “off the beaten path” cell service may not be the best. Letting someone know your plans will allow them to notice if you don’t return.
Never Go Out Alone- This not only applies to people but vehicles as well, you always want to travel with more than one vehicle. It’s not only more fun when you travel in groups, but it also helps make sure you have a ride home or a way to get your vehicle out of a jam.
Walk Before You Ride- When coming up to obstacles or an area that seems to be technical, it is a good idea to take a look at it on foot to be sure your vehicle can handle it and gain a better idea of what to expect moving forward.
Pack the Essentials- It's always a good idea to pack more food and water than you think you will need for the time you plan to be out. That way if something does happen and the trip runs a little longer than expected you are prepared. Food and water aren’t the only things you should have, you should also have a full first aid kit, fire extinguisher, and a few basic tools/recovery gear for your vehicle.
BUCKLE UP- Not only do you need to stay buckled at all times while in your vehicle but your belongings need to be secured or strapped down. You don’t want anything flying around or falling out if for some reason your vehicle rolls or becomes airborne.
Doing a little planning and preparation before heading off-road can not only keep everyone safe but can drastically increase your opportunity of having FUN!!