Heading off-road can provide a fun challenge and memories to last a lifetime, but it can be quite a bit more trouble than you’d like if you’re not adequately prepared. Before you take your mighty Jeep® off the beaten path and into the wilderness, bear these tips in mind.
Before you embark, be sure you have
- A full tank of gas and a spare gas can
- A tow rope sturdy enough for your vehicle’s weight
- A first aid kit
- Navigation, be it physical maps or a modern navigation system
- A spare tire and all the tools you’ll need to use it
- Plenty of hearty snacks like beef jerky, protein bars, and trail mix
- A few gallon jugs of water and refillable bottles
Know your terrain
Even if your idea of adventure is tossing a dart at a map and going wherever it lands, wou will want to thoroughly research your destination before you set out. Make sure you know what type of terrain you may encounter — be it sand, mud, high water, slick grass, or snow — and have a plan to get through it.
Tell someone where you’ll be
Never set out without letting a friend or family member know where you’ll be heading and when you plan to be back. It may seem dramatic, but this is one very simple off-roading tip you won’t want to skip. Having someone in civilization who has some idea of your whereabouts can be a saving grace if disaster strikes.
These are just some of the steps you’ll need to consider whether you’re a first-time off-roader or a well-traveled vet of the wilds. If you need a capable ride to get you to your destination, stop into Greenway CDJR and see our selection of rough and rugged rides.