How To Stay Safe On Your First Off-Roading Session

When you’re really into all things cars and bikes, you can often find yourself wanting to explore all kinds of avenues related to the auto world. At first, you may be happy with owning your own car or bike and getting from A to B. But then, you may want to take your interest to the next level. For some, this will involve heading to the race track. But if you want to get a sense of adventure with your auto interest, you might like to try off-roading. However, off-roading can be a remote sport and often takes you off the beaten track. So, take a look at these off-roading driving tips to ensure you both enjoy your trip and stay safe.

Tell Somewhere Where You Are

The first thing that you need to do before you set off, is tell someone. Although most off-roading trips will be safe, you still need to ensure that someone knows where you are. When you’re taking your vehicle off into the hills, you may find that things can be a little rough. And although you’re going to try your best to stay safe, it’s always best that people know where you are should anything go wrong. Because of this, you should also let them know what time you will be back, just in case they need to send help if you’re not back on time. When you’re off-roading, you may not always have cell reception, so this step is essential.

Check You’re Ready

Then, from here, you need to ensure that you’re ready. Now only do you need to check your brakes and 4×4 suspension to check that your vehicle is ready, but you also need to have everything strapped down too. And, of course, make sure you’re firmly buckled up too.

Go With Someone

Then, you should definitely think about heading out on your off-roading trip with someone. Not only is it a good idea to go off-roading in twos so that you have an extra vehicle should something go wrong, when you’re new to the sport, going with someone is a great way to ensure that you’ve got guidance and expertise on the trip too.

Stay Inside

When you’re out on the trails, you may get the sudden urge to hang out of your vehicle, or even rest your arm out of the window. But don’t, it’s too dangerous. You could get injured through narrow spots or if the vehicle were to roll. At the same time, don’t hang your vehicle either. If you get stuck, stick to the proper procedures to ensure that nobody gets injured unnecessarily.

Take A Break

And no matter how much fun you’re having, remember to take a break. Just like driving tired is dangerous, driving off-road while tired can be even worse. It’s a dangerous sport, so if you’re tired, take a break. Stop and have a rest and eat some snacks. You need your wits about you when you’re off-roading, so be sure to refuel and rest whenever you feel fatigued.

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About Sean Mackay

Sean writes about cars, golf and events going on in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the editor for The Automotive Review – an automotive publication bringing a West Coast flavour to its editorials.

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