Here in Colorado, exploring the mountains and forests is a wonderful pastime, and more and more people are getting started with off-road driving. There is nothing quite like seeing the rugged wilderness from the seat of a 4×4 vehicle, as you lumber over rocky terrain and take in the expansive summit views. If you have been wanting to get started with off-roading, here are a few important tips to keep in mind. And of course, if you need expert guidance or maintenance on your car, talk to your local 4×4 mechanic!
- Never go alone
It may sound tempting to take off into the woods on your own, but one of the cardinal rules of off-roading is: “always take a buddy.” No matter where you’re headed, make sure that someone knows where you are at all times, and it’s always better to travel in a small group for safety.
- Pack more than you think you need
In the backwoods of Colorado, things can turn nasty very quickly, so it’s critical to be prepared for anything. Pack up your rig with extra food, water, and emergency supplies, along with a basic toolkit for your vehicle that includes things like tow straps and other self-recovery gear.
- Be careful
Too often, newbie drivers try to handle routes that are far more advanced than their skill level, or vehicle, are equipped for. Don’t be rash and go for the toughest obstacles or attempt to cross rivers that simply aren’t safe for you. Your skill and confidence will come with time, as you slowly increase the difficulty of the terrain you run.
- Know your vehicle
There are many reasons why new off-roaders get stuck or end up with huge 4×4 service center bills- they don’t understand their vehicle’s unique capabilities and limitations. Get to know your rig intimately, and honor its restrictions. Talk to a 4×4 mechanic if you need more tips!
Keep yourself safe on the trails this year, and come down to the shop for more expert advice!