The Top Off-Roading Mistakes

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If you want to be safe, you’ll want to avoid these seven off-roading mistakes at all costs.

  • Mistake #1: Don’t Tell People About Your Off-Roading Trip – In this day and age, there’s no excuses for not telling anyone about your off-roading trip. Send a text message. Post on Facebook or Twitter. Call someone. Let them know where you’ll be going as well as how long you’ll be staying. This is really important in the winter.
  • Mistake #2: Don’t Pack the Right Gear – It’s not just about off-roading. It’s about survival. Pack blankets, food and water as well as warm shoes and clothes just in case you get stranded. It’s essential to also pack maps and handy tools to repair your ride.
  • Mistake #3: Going Alone – Try to avoid going solo on off-roading trips. It can be dangerous, especially if your ride breaks down. It’s always better to use the buddy system.
  • Mistake #4: Crossing High Waters – When crossing creeks and streams, use caution. Always be sure to measure the depth before crossing it with your 4×4. Water depths can be deceiving. As a rule of thumb, don’t let the water get above your headlights.
  • Mistake #5: Metal Tow Hooks – Using metal tow hooks can be dangerous when not used properly. They can break off and become a dangerous flying object when towing. It’s better to use a tie method when towing vehicles off-roads.
  • Mistake #6: Driving Like a Madman – Take it easy when hitting the trails, especially if you’re in a new place. It’s not worth rolling your vehicle. Approach ravines and low-lying areas with caution.
  • Mistake #7: Improper Winching – When using a winch, don’t stand too close to it when it’s active. If the cable snaps, you could get injured. Read how to properly use your winch before using it for the first time.

Avoiding these seven off-roading mistakes will keep you safe. For more off-road safety tips and discussions, join the thousands of off-road enthusiasts on the Jeeperz Creeperz Facebook Page.