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A Newbie’s Ultimate Guide to Off-Roading – 5 Things to Consider

Are you a newbie looking to off-road? All the points we’ve run through would let you have a smooth and safe first experience. Read ahead.

Choose the Track Carefully

You should be very smart about the track you’ll be driving on. There may be thousands where you live, and not all of them would be fit for beginners. Some of them could be very long, taking over 2-weeks to complete.

What’s more important is that you be mindful of how isolated the roads would be. You need to stay away from ones that are far away from towns, as no one would be able to help if something were to go wrong.

Will You Drive Alone?

You probably aren’t ready to go on the journey yourself. Think about traveling with a couple of friends. On forums, you’d be able to find other off-roaders. You could friend and drive with them. They would teach you the ropes, which you would also appreciate.

Have Bright Lights

You’d likely be driving in the night. As much light as possible would needed – you don’t want to get into an accident, now do you? If the headlights on your car aren’t strong enough, don’t be afraid to change them. However, headlights on 4x4s are generally stronger than on regular cars.

You could get a hold of auxiliary lights to place on your bumper too. Pick ones up that would cover the largest area.  We’d advise you to stay away from LED light bars. If you don’t mount them properly, light would hit your hood, and glare would make it harder to drive.

Have Recovery & Emergency Gear

Let’s say your car gets stuck in the mud – what will you do? Recovery gear would help you get the vehicle out. You can buy them in sets online. Examples of products that would be included would be traction pads, jump starters and jack and bases.

Emergency gear would be anything that would keep you from danger. They would include glass-breakers, seat belt cutters, waterproof clothes and all the essentials you’d need to survive like food and water.

If you’re lucky, you’d own a 4X4 like the Ford Everest. You’d be able to insert a Ford Everest roof rack and have more storage to carry what you need.

Pick the Proper Tires

Be mindful of the tires you’ll be driving with. Some can handle muddier terrain, while others are more suited for icier settings.

A M/T tire (Mud-Terrain) would be the best for swampy roads. But if you’re not sure about the type of road you’ll be driving through, you can always get a hold of all-terrain tires. As their name suggests, they’ll be able to handle whatever you throw at them.

Make sure you have spare tires too – who knows what you’ll meet on the road.

The size of the tires would influence how much ground you’ll be able to cover too. Get something that is large if you want to complete the trek fast.

Final Thoughts

All in all, what did you think of all the points mentioned? Hopefully, you keep them in mind.

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