The activities people enjoy tend to change with seasons. One popular summer and fall activity is off-roading. There are variations on the name such as digging, mudding, rock crawling etc. But it all boils down to the same fun sport of taking your truck, SUV, ATV, side by side or motorbike off the beaten path and straight into adventure. However, it’s always important when setting out on these adventures to play it smart and be safe. Here are some good tips in preparation for getting dirty in the hills.
- First off make sure whatever you plan to take up the mountain is able to handle the terrain. A simple pothole on an average street can cause damage to your vehicle’s alignment, so it’s safe to say a rocky dirt trail can do much worse. Knowing your vehicle’s abilities and being equipped with the proper shocks and struts can go a long way in avoiding potential damage.
- We also recommend checking your tire pressure and tread before setting out. Know the correct PSI for your tires and make sure that they aren’t underinflated. It’s the little things that can make the biggest difference.
- Once your vehicle is properly prepared on the outside and mechanically sound, it’s time to be sure it’s prepared on the inside. A sweet air freshener or some good music are handy, but we mean a survival kit. A good kit would include items such as a first aid set, road flares, warm blankets, clean water, some food and any other items that might be needed in the case that you were stuck for a night or two. Check out our list of 25 things to always have in your car for some ideas. Once it’s loaded be sure everything is properly secured down. It gets to be a bumpy ride and flying objects inside can cause serious injury so be sure it’s all strapped down. Better safe than sorry.
- Now its time set out safely. It’s always suggested that you let someone know where you are going and how long you expect to be. Yes, it’s the mommy type way of thinking, but hey, mom does know best so it’s probably a good thing in the long run. Saying “the more the merrier” can also be in this sport re-worded as “the more the safer” since traveling in a pack reduces the risk of being stranded. At the very least take one buddy along. When you reach your destination be sure everyone is safely seat belted and wearing proper head safety gear. The rules of the regular road apply to the off road when it comes to behavior conducted inside the vehicle. This means keeping everyone inside and preventing them from leaning out the windows or standing in the bed of trucks. It only takes a split second for a tree branch or rock to change things and the roll over risk increases by a great deal.
- Last but not least we strongly suggest and really insist that you have FUN, make memories and kick up some major mud. Keeping in mind that if you come back with a clean truck you didn’t do it right or play hard enough.
To get your vehicle ready for a fun, safe, off-roading season, bring it into Bargain Tire in Chubbuck, Idaho for the best inspection in town!