Are you planning to go off-road? Off-roading is a true adventure, so it should be no surprise that it’s filled with challenges and obstacles. Being properly prepared is the difference between a thrilling trip and a life-threatening nightmare. Here are five common off-roading mistakes and how to avoid them.
1. Not Being Prepare for the Weather
Check the weather and then recheck it. Weather conditions impact every single factor of your trip, from the requirements of the roads and trails to the gear you need to bring.
2. Being Overly Ambitious
Off-roading is a skill that takes practice. Sure, part of the point is to test your limits, but it’s essential to know those limits and stay within your skill zone. New mountain climbers don’t tackle Everest their first time out, so don’t bite off more than you can chew. You won’t have fun if you’re scared for life and limb or if you damage your vehicle beyond repair. Have an adventure. Just don’t put your safety at risk.
3. Leaving Behind Emergency Supplies
Lots can go wrong with off-roading; that’s part of the thrill. But be prepared for the worst so you can still have a safe, fun time when the unexpected occurs – because it will. Ropes, winches, traction pads, battery chargers, maps, lights, etc. – outfit yourself carefully for emergencies so your off-roading doesn’t get derailed.
4. Going Alone
Solo off-roading is dangerous. Many off-roading challenges are impossible to overcome alone. Always, always, always travel with a buddy.
Okay, so it’s essential to prepare for emergencies, but it’s also important not to overload your vehicle. Overloaded vehicles are heavy and difficult to maneuver. Their center of gravity is off, and thus they are at a higher risk of rolling over or getting stuck. Heavy vehicles also get lower gas mileage, which can throw all your trip calculations off. Pack wisely and stay within the weight limits of your vehicle.
6. Being Unfamiliar with Your Route
Research your route. Then research it again. Knowing your route and the obstacles you might face is essential to adequate preparation and a safe, enjoyable, and successful journey.
7. Neglecting Your Mods
Overland van mods and truck mods make off-roading more enjoyable. Consider the benefits of the following mod examples:
- Additional lighting improves your visibility and gives you access to more challenging spaces.
- Aluminum and steel bumpers improve your ground clearance, add strength, and protect your vehicle.
- Winches help you get out of sticky situations.
- Generators keep all your equipment powered up.
And so many others!
Make your off-roading adventure safe and pleasurable by avoiding these common mistakes.