If you are an adventure lover, you may be a great fan of off-road adventures on a 4×4 vehicle. While it’s full of lots of fun and excitement, it can get very risky as well. So, safety should be always the top priority. In this short guide, I am going to offer some useful tips to help you stay safe when driving an off-road vehicle.
Beginner’s Guide To Safe 4×4 Off-Road Adventure
Know Your Vehicle
To stay safe and get best performance from your off-road vehicle, you need to know as much as you can about your off-road vehicle. Know how to use the controls and exactly your 4×4 off-road system works.
Knowing the dimensions of your vehicle such as ramp angle, departure angle, approach angle, length, width and height can help you pass through tight areas without any damage to your vehicle. So, get used to your vehicle’s dimensions and driving characteristics before going for a super adventurous off-road ride.
Know where your engine computer and air intake are located to make sure you do not cross the maximum depth of water.
To make best use of spare jack and tire, you need to know where they are located and how to replace them.
Have Best Parts And Accessories
In case you have just bought a brand new off-road vehicle, you have nothing to worry about parts at this moment, but if you have gone for a second hand off-road jeep, you may want to replace some parts like the tires, wheels, exhaust system, steel rims, bumpers, breaks and steering, fenders, flares, lift kits, suspension and shocks and more. One must have accessory to get out of sticky situation is jeep winch. This can be a very handy safety accessory especially during the rainy season off-road adventure.
Make sure you always have emergency supplies such as work gloves, extra fluids, empty gas jug, compact shovel, duct tape, Swiss Army Knife, jump cables, flashing beacons, warning triangles, road flares and more.
Always check weather forecast before you go.
Driving with at least one passenger can give you two extra pair of helping hands in times of emergencies. If you are going too far from the locality, make sure you inform some close ones about your adventure and you have phone number of local police headquarters.
Carefully load your off-road vehicle. Make sure you evenly distribute the roads to all parts of your vehicle. Avoid having excessive loads as it will change the center of gravity and make your jeep less stable.
Always drive slowly and carefully.
Do not disturb the wildlife including the animals and plants. The idea is to keep them safe to stay safe from them.
Do not spin your tires and tear up the soil as it can break the surface crust which then can lead to erosion when it rains.
Do not blaze a new trail and stay on the already established path.
Your life and vehicle are both important to use. Just because you are brave enough to go for some extreme off-road adventure, you should not hurt yourself or your beloved off-road jeep. Stay safe and have fun.