Off-Road Tips: Going Off the Beaten Path
Off-roading is perhaps one of the most thrilling experiences you can have behind the wheel, but there are some important safety tips to keep in mind. After all, no one has fun with a flat tire or broken axle. From driving habits to maintenance and supplies, there are a few things that you should consider before hitting the trails.
According to Popular Mechanics, one of the most important skills to learn is how to read the terrain. For instance, experienced driver’s never go speeding through unknown terrain—get out and scout ahead if necessary. As you’re driving, pay attention to areas where the road disappears, which signals a sharp drop-off or turn.
Next, be sure to put your vehicle in the correct gear as soon as your tires get off the beaten path. It sounds obvious, but many drivers get excited and forget, consequently getting stuck right away. Switch into 4WD on the trail or lock the center differential. For rough trails, be sure to use 4WD Low. Don’t have 4WD or AWD? Off-roading might not be for you.
Finally, always bring recovery gear. This includes things like tow straps with fabric hooks, a winch, and a first-aid kit. You’ll rarely use your emergency kit, but you’ll be thankful to have it if there is an accident.
These are just some off-road tips to keep in mind. Here at Wayne Thomas Chevrolet, we hope you have a fun (and safe) time driving off road.