If you’ve found yourself in the driver’s seat of a Jeep recently, you’re probably itching to try some off-roading. If you’re a beginner, don’t fret. These tips for off-roading will get you started on the (off) road to fun and safe adventures.
Learn the Language of Terrain
Successful off-roading is made of awareness. The last thing you want when you’re out exploring is an unexpected (read: dangerous) surprise. Find out as much as possible about your path before you take it. Ask other off-roaders or look at a map if possible. Take a long, hard look at the horizon and watch for places where the path seems to disappear, which can indicate a steep drop.
Know Your Four-Wheel Drive
Read your owner’s manual before you head out to learn as much as you can about your vehicle’s 4WD. As soon as you slip off the pavement and onto your off-road adventure, switch to 4WD so you’re set to handle anything from the get-go.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when off-roading is being over-confident. Even the most experienced people get stuck from time to time, so don’t be unprepared for the worst. At the very least, pack a heavy-duty tow strap, and if you’re going alone bring an electric winch that’s rated for your vehicle. Make sure that before you go you read up on how to use your tools so that you can handle issues like a pro.