Safety Tips To Keep In Mind Before Going On An Off-Road Trip

Offroading is one of the least expensive auto-mobile-related hobbies. All you need is a functional four-wheel vehicle, which is why it is a widely accepted weekend activity across Canada.

However, since offroading requires extensive driving skills, there have been many incidents where drivers were left stranded in the middle of nowhere either due to their car breaking down or due to getting stuck in a ditch.

Fortunately, with a few precautions and safety measures, incidents similar to the aforementioned situations can be avoided.

In this blog, we have detailed some of the safety tips that can help you make the most of your off-road trip.

Make Sure That Your Cars’ Fluid Levels Are As Required

Before going on an offroading trip, check your radiator levels, coolant, oil, windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, ATF, and differentials. The levels of these fluids should be as required. They should neither be below the required levels nor above.

4×4 wheeling puts a lot of pressure on the engine. Hence, you want to make sure all your fluid levels are on point to prevent overheating and similar issues. In addition to this, ensure there are no leaks or cracks in the casings holding the fluids.

Check Tire Health

A worn-out tire can be hazardous on an offroading trip. Hence, before making an offroading plan with your friend, make sure the condition of your vehicle’s tires including its spare tire is not worn out. They should be inflated according to highway requirements. Moreover, before going on the trip, study the terrain you will be driving on to ensure your tires are up to the mark.

Safety Features

Never compromise on the safety features of your vehicle if you are going on an offroad trip. Off-road terrains have many ditches and trenches. Hence, it is imperative that your seats are properly locked in place, the seatbelts are functional and your airbags are in good condition.

These features will help you from injuring yourself in case your vehicle goes out of control or you pass over a ditch or trench you were not ready for.

Drive With Others

As independent as you may feel, it is always safer to go with someone else. Try to avoid going on off-road trips alone. Many vehicles break down on rough terrains. If you go on an offroading trip with a buddy or a group, you will always have access to help.

Off road tracks are usually outside the city, so if you are alone, help might take hours to arrive. Moreover, it is always a good idea to have a co-driver. This person can act as your navigator helping you make your way across more difficult terrain.

Keep An Incident Management’s Contact Number Handy

If you have been offroading for a while, there is a high chance you will not get stuck in any difficult situation. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to be prepared. Hence, it is advised to keep an incident management company’s contact number handy.

If you are in Calgary, AAA Towing is one of the best incident management firms that can provide several services including winching, fuel delivery, towing, and battery boosting. You can also avail these services on the outskirts of Calgary.

Other Safety Tips To Keep In Mind

Some other safety tips that you should never forget before an offroading trip are:

  • Be as slow as possible and as fast as necessary. Speed is not your friend
  • Don’t take risks on the off-road terrain if your vehicle is not properly equipped
  • Never compromise on your car’s maintenance
  • If you have planned a trail with your other drivers, don’t stray from it no matter how tempting it is
  • Not all SUVs are equipped for offroading
  • Learn how to change a tire alone
  • Keep yourself hydrated and well-fed

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