Every summer, thousands of offroad enthusiasts take to the trails here in Colorado, looking for fresh air and adventure. Whether you are a brand new 4×4 driver, or a seasoned pro, it’s important to be wise in your preparations. Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, so make sure you’re ready for the unexpected. Vehicle issues, as well as your own health issues, can turn a fun afternoon into a disaster.
Here are some tips to keep in mind for your offroading this summer:
- Always bring a buddy
It’s an unspoken rule that you never ride alone, but occasionally people will attempt it, or break off from the group at some point during the day. Resist the urge to explore on your own! Always go with at least one other buddy/vehicle, but preferably in a group.
- Inspect your vehicle before leaving
Don’t wait until you’re at the trailhead to check your fluids, tires, fuel, or other essentials. Run through your checklist at home first. Ask your local 4×4 mechanic for some pre-trail inspection tips.
- Bring extra gear
Colorado’s weather is unpredictable at best, and you may experience several weather extremes within the course of a day. Always pack more gear than you think you’ll need, including jackets, socks, hats, and other warm, dry clothing, along with extra food (nonperishable, like granola bars) and water.
- Invest in radios
In the mountains, it’s easy to get lost, and there’s very little cellphone reception. Consider making an investment in your safety by purchasing radios for you and your friends. This way, you can always be in contact, without worry.
- Don’t push yourself
One of the most common ways that offroad drivers get themselves into trouble is by trying things they’re not comfortable with, or that are beyond their skill level. Be smart, find your line, and when in doubt, choose the easier path, rather than risk yourself, your passengers, and your vehicle.
- Know the rules of the trail
There is a code of etiquette for 4×4 trails, and it’s important that you know what your rights and responsibilities are. If you’re not sure about these rules, do some research or ask a seasoned trail rider. These guidelines are designed to keep you and your fellow drivers safe.
Want more tips on safe 4×4 driving, or want to get your rig tuned up? Head over to the 4×4 Offroad Network today!