While we enjoy many warm, dry winter days here in Colorado, the springtime is downright exciting. As the temperatures increase, the hillsides turn green, and the trails begin opening up, many people start planning their outdoor adventures. However, many of these people have also taken many months off from trail driving, and may need a little refresher to make their spring excursions as fun and safe as possible. Whether you’ve gone out a few times over the winter, or you’re starting fresh this season, it’s important to get prepared!
If you want to make sure your rig is operating well, and you’re set for some spring 4×4 driving, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Service your vehicle
It may sound like a no-brainer, but many people skip this step, insisting that their cars are perfectly fine for offroad use, as-is. But whether your 4×4 car is also your daily driver or not, it’s important to have it looked at by a pro. You can get your engine tuned up and your fluids replaced; plus, there may be hidden wear and tear from the winter that you can’t even see.
- Pack your gear
Compared to street driving, offroad driving requires a different set of equipment. Take the time to look through all of your gear, tools, and safety equipment, and re-stock anything that’s missing. Don’t forget to check your batteries, and pack extra food and water too.
- Check trail info
Depending on the location and altitude, many 4×4 trails in Colorado remain closed until summertime, so it’s a good idea to check ahead of time, before hitting the road. You can usually find this info online, or you can call a local ranger station.
- Go slowly
Whether you’re a veteran or a newbie, the first few trail runs of the season can be more difficult than you may anticipate. Plan on going slowly, choosing easier trails, and taking extra time to get a hang of things, before upping your game this year.
- Bring a buddy
It’s always smart to take a few friends on your 4×4 adventures, but especially during the springtime. In this region, fast-moving storms can come in and dump a lot of snow in just a couple of hours, potentially leaving you trapped or in trouble. Bring a buddy, and always have a good escape plan.
Want to get your rig ready for spring? Come in to 4×4 Offroad Network for your service needs!