If you are getting ready to take your first off-road adventure, take account of my reviews here that you need to know before you go. Be ready to brave the potential hazards and trouble that you might encounter along the way. Here is a basic guide to a safe off-road trip.
Before the trip:
Inspect the vehicle before the trip.
Before leaving inspect all the general functions of the car. These general functions include fluids, brakes and clutch, lights, rock lights, steering, wipers, leaks, wheels, brake pads, and spare wheel. Remember that you are traveling in a trail and help may not be easily available if needed.
Install rock lights.
Rock lights are useful at night especially if the trail is uneven and hard to see. This will give drivers a beam of light that will help them navigate through the night. These rock lights are very sturdy and they are built to endure high pressure.
Pack all the necessary emergency supplies
As mentioned above, help may not be easily available during the off-road trip. It is better to pack all the necessary emergency supplies that you might need along the way. Some of these are first aid kit, road flares and warning triangles, tow rope, Empty gas jug, extra fluids-coolant, oil and brake fluid, jumper cables, and tire plug.
Check the weather condition.
If possible, reschedule the trip if the weather is going to be a problem during your trip. Heavy snow in the area can also cause thick mud that will make navigation a challenge.
Familiarize yourself with the trail.
Research or ask someone about the road or the trail, and ask as many questions as you can. Be on the lookout for any parts of the trail that might be steep, narrow, or have large holes or slick spots. This will allow you to come up with a thorough plan before entering the road.
During the trip:
Stay on the path.
Do not divert to a different direction or create a new trail. If it is your first off-road trip, always stay on the familiar path. It will be easier for you to navigate through the trail.
Do not spin your tires.
Drive slowly and so not spin your tires. When you spin your tires, the surface of the soil can break, thus leading to soil erosion when it rains.
Alert someone of your whereabouts.
Before you leave, let them know the details of your trip-name and location of the road trail. Always let your family and friends know of your whereabouts. Your mobile phone might not work during the trip, so it is wise to let someone of your whereabouts whenever you can. This will make it easier to track you in case you get lost or during an emergency.
Whether it is your first time or not, it is important to observe road courtesy and observe traffic rules. Respect all private land signs that you might see along your trip. Do not litter, and, most especially, do not disturb the wildlife.