Ensure that You Have the Proper Equipment
While some vehicles may have a 4×4 stamp on the side, it does not necessarily mean that they are innately designed and built with off-road capabilities like a Wrangler Jeep, for instance. Because of the uneven terrain that you will encounter when taking an off-road path, it will be necessary to have a 4×4 with a chassis that is designed to be able to withstand the type of punishment that can be expected during an off-road excursion.
Be Aware of the Terrain
Not every off-road experience will be the same. One of the elements in off-roading that can change by location is the terrain. Changes in terrain can impact the requirements associated with suspension, power and, torque, as well as tire size and tread.
Why being familiar with the terrain, you will be able to ensure that your off-road vehicle is properly equipped for the anticipated trip. In addition to being aware of the terrain, it is advised to always take a partner or a companion with you, because of the elevated risk of encountering the unexpected, it is always a good idea to have at least one other person along in case there is an emergency.
Familiarize Yourself with the Off-road System for Your Vehicle
There are some vehicles that have an automatic off-road capability; however, most vehicles that are considered on and off-road vehicles will be equipped with systems that have to be engaged, at some level, in order to work effectively.
If you don’t familiarize yourself with the system, it can limit your capacity to enjoy the experience or it could lead to unexpected damage to the vehicle.
Additionally, not being familiar with the off-road capability of the vehicle can lead to an avoidable accident. It is not a bad idea to take a course from a reputable off-roading course provider.
As with any other type of driving experience, off-roading is an acquired skill that requires the combination of experience, skill and knowledge. There is no crash course in off-roading, it is a capacity that is developed and refined over time. If you are seriously considering off-roading, it is worth your while to properly educate yourself.
Another thing that should be considered is the off-roader’s responsibility to the environment. Don’t disturb or disrupt anything that you don’t have to disturb.
Lois Herzberg worked at an adventure travel company for 15 years before becoming a full-time Mom of twins. She enjoys reliving memories and sharing her knowledge by writing articles, mostly for travel blogs.