[et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text"]If you talk to any experienced off-roader and ask what their most memorable adventure was, they’ll likely reminisce about all the things that went wrong, the skills they wish they’d known, and the steps they learned to prevent hiccups. Nothing beats that first time, and a little preparation can help ensure your first trip goes without a hitch.
As long as you follow these next few beginners tips for off-roading in your 4x4 before you embark on your first adventure, you’ll be ready to avoid potential mishaps.
Fill Up an Extra Container of Gas
We’re sure you remember to top off your vehicle before hitting the trailhead. Still, it never hurts to prepare for the unexpected miles you might encounter. It’s not uncommon for trail systems to close during certain parts of the year, requiring you to take a longer route or bypass.
Additionally, when engaged, 4WD systems tend to consume more fuel. This is because they’re delivering power to two additional wheels. Since it’s likely that you’re not used to how much fuel your vehicle uses off-road, you should be cautious and bring a few extra gallons just in case.
Pack the Essential Electronic Devices
Sometimes we can prepare beyond what we feel is necessary. Depending on the location you intend on traveling to, the time of year, or the weather, you may find yourself in an unexpected situation. It’s always a good idea to bring a cell phone, charger, and external battery pack so that you can call for help if necessary. Additionally, there are several apps for adventurers, such as onX Offroad, that’ll allow you to download maps, plan routes, and track your trip both on and offline. Packing a GPS like the Garmin inReach is a good idea for those instances when a cell phone is of no use and you find yourself in need of aid.
A quality radio setup is also a great precautionary piece of gear to have in your rig. Whether you’re on the trail and want to chat with your buddies or find yourself in a bad situation, a good radio is a device you’ll use more often than not. Radios like the Rugged Radio GMR45 or Midland handhelds are quality pieces of equipment we stand behind and use often when out on the trail.
Install Some Vehicle Protection Parts
Now, you’ve gone ahead and made sure you have all the gear you need just in case you get injured, lost, or stuck. But what happens if you attempt to tackle an obstacle and break a precious piece of equipment like your oil pan or transfer case? Luckily, there are loads of body armor products out there to keep your 4x4 protected.
A solid investment—no pun intended—would be a set of skid plates or rock sliders. These 4x4 off-road accessories
will ensure that components underneath your vehicle remain out of harm’s way when you’re traversing technical obstacles. Rock sliders protect your body panel from the occasional rock or branch that flies up or shifts while driving over it. If you’re looking for guidance on what armor upgrades are right for you, give us a call. We’ll help you find the right solution.
Don’t Go Alone if You Can Avoid It
It’s often a good idea for beginners to travel with a partner or friend. This can be in the same vehicle or a convoy. Doing so ensures that you’ll have someone to assist you if the worst-case scenario occurs. That’s why our final 4x4 off-roading tip for beginners is to consider going with someone with more expertise. It’s a great way to learn and practice techniques. Also, having another set of eyes to help spot you through obstacles helps prevent damage.
Taking just a few preparatory steps can ensure your trip is one to remember instead of one you wish you could forget. By taking into consideration the tips we talked about and inspecting your vehicle before hitting the trailhead, you’ll definitely have a great first outing.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column]