Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Off Road Fun and Safety

When you hit the trail off-road whether in your truck or Jeep. Just like the highway, you do have a few rules to follow. Some rules are written, and some are common sense. These common-sense rules will keep you safe, your family safe and the environment you’re in safe. 

It’s fun to take your vehicle off-road and push your metal to the limit. This is fun and okay. However, you need to remember some simple do’s and don’ts. 

1. Know what’s on the other side of a jump, or mound that you think will get you airborne. You don’t want to be airborne only to find the other side is a hundred-foot cliff. A stand of trees that rip through the vehicle like a hot knife through butter. If you can’t see what’s on the other side don’t just hammer through until you see a clear path. 

2. Cutting doughnuts or dropping the hammer throwing dirt everywhere. Imagine what a pristine meadow would look like after you hammer around tearing it up. Just because it's there does not mean you need to tear it up. You can find plenty of places to go throw dirt. Don’t destroy a pristine environment just because you can. 

3. Leave animals alone. Don’t chase wildlife with your vehicle, blow your horn or otherwise molest them in any way with your vehicle. Not cool! 

4. Respect the trails, don’t blaze off on your own. 

5. Remember if you’ve traveled a distance and you do something reckless that hurts your vehicle or you. How close is helping? It’s easy to get caught up in the moment. Remember, you’re not Mario Andretti as much as you want to be him, sorry you’re not. Keep on the side of safety! 

6. Before you head out to make sure that your equipment is in tip-top shape. The spare tire is good, tools are present, and first aid is available. 

7. Good maps and GPS if available. You can cover a huge distance driving. Having fun you can forget where you are. It’s easier than you might think to get lost. 

8. Fuel. Make sure you have spare fuel. Jerry cans and a way to get the fuel into your tank. I can’t tell you how many guys I have seen out four wheeling that the spout on the can won’t fit the gasoline receptacle on the vehicle. 

Having respect for the outdoors is a responsibility of all off-road enthusiasts. A stewardship that you must respect. Leave the outdoors better than you found them. Take out more than you went with. 

Off-road 4X4 trekking is fun. It can also end in disaster if you don’t follow common safety rules. Know your vehicles limitations and especially know your driving limitations. Do this and you will have fun and get home safe. 

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