So, you want to join the exciting world of off-road driving? Welcome aboard! However, before you get started, you need to make sure you’ll be safe out there. We struggle to stay safe on the flat, never mind rocky and muddy terrain!
The nature of off-road driving means that you’ll run into issues from time-to-time, and you must know what you’re doing. Any lapses in concentration can prove fatal if you haven’t got your wits about you. Don’t worry, though, just follow some of these tips.
Wear A Seat belt – This is a generic safety tip that everyone should follow at all times, regardless of the vehicle they’re driving in. Off-roading is going to shake you around a lot and at times, you’ll be thrown towards a window. It shouldn’t be anything to worry about, but you’ve got to wear your seat belt just in case things get violent.
Don’t Go On Your Own – Never go off-roading on your own. That doesn’t mean bringing someone in the passenger seat; it means having another vehicle there as well. Why? Well, anything could happen when you go off-road. The terrain is bumpy and unpredictable at times. You might get stuck or get dangerously close to the edge of something. Having the ability to call on someone else for help is of paramount importance to guarantee your safety.
Concentrate – Again, this might seem like a generic tip for all drivers, but there’s much less leeway when you’re driving off-road. You might get lucky if your mind wanders when you’re on the flat, but off-roading is dangerous, and you have to have your wits about you. If you get into an agitated mood, or you’re just too tired to keep going, stop driving. You are putting everyone at risk.
Maintenance Is Important – It’s incredibly important to do maintenance on your vehicle, both before and after you’ve gone off-roading. The trip is tough on your 4×4, and it’s easy for issues to crop up while you’re out there. Off road tires are durable, but you still need to check the tire pressures on a very regular basis. Keep an eye on the brakes, oil and suspension too. Ideally, you need to check everything. If anything seems off, get it looked at it before you go off-roading again.
Bring Survival Gear With You – You need some emergency supplies just in case the worst was to happen. If you get stuck and there’s no way of getting out, you’ll want food and heating supplies until someone can reach you. If anyone gets hurt, medical supplies are a necessity. You might never need them, but they could also save your life one day.
You may look at this article and get a bit worried. It’s not here to scare you off; it’s here to educate you. Off-roading is a fantastic hobby to get involved in as long as you’re aware of the dangers. Being prepared will ensure that you have a great time and get back safely. Good luck with your new hobby and enjoy the pleasures of off-road driving!