How to prepare for off-road driving
It's a cold chilly afternoon and you've found yourself in the slopes of your favorite mountain. The rain was heavy the previous night so the ground is just a mess.
So there you are, gripping the steering wheel as your vehicle skids uncontrollably.
It's terrifying how the car suddenly has a life of its own. Occasionally, your friends get off to push the vehicle out of mud ditches and get themselves soggy and wet.
Adventures are fun, but sometimes can prove arduous. We sometimes look forward to the good and goofy times of our trips that we forget the preparations that could either make or break the journey.
Here are a few tips on how to prepare for offroad driving!
1. A shovel.
Shovels are probably the most underrated tools to carry on a safari. They are essential for digging out your vehicle when stuck especially in muddy conditions
2. Jump-starter cables
It's alarming the number of drivers who don't have jump-starter cables in their cars. While this may be okay in day to day driving where you could borrow one from a good Samaritan, in the woods it's completely different. It's bad enough your battery has died out, waiting to chance upon someone with these cables is just depressing.
Sometimes trouble strikes when the sun is just about to go down. Meaning, you may have to sort out your vehicle issues in the dark. A good flashlight, be it mountable on your head or just in your hand, will make your situation slightly more bearable.
4. Wooden boards
These are handy when it comes to needing a spot to steady your jack while replacing a flat tire.
5. Extra rubber mats
When the tires lack friction, placing these mats under the tire of your vehicle will give it some needed traction to get you out of your fix.
6. Gum Boots
You never know the conditions you might find yourself in. Your car could be stuck in the middle of pouring rain and moving about would mean getting yourself wet. Gumboots will at least make sure you could move about without much worry. On that note, don't forget your raincoat!
7. Working gloves
Most of the work that will need to be done will be hard on your hands. You will have to work around tight spaces and even dark corners, add moisture in to that and you find yourself frustrated. Gloves will add that needed grip and also protection.
8. Essential Hand Tools
Go to your nearest hardware store and purchase a small essential hand tool box. This could make all the difference in cases of unforeseen circumstances such as minor accidents that need a quick repair before you can get back on the trail.
9. Air Compressor kit
If possible, get yourself this kit and tuck it neatly in the boot of your vehicle. In instances where you need to decompress your tires for added traction, you just need to whip it out and set it out. It could also be a lifesaver if you find yourself with a flat tire and a spare tire with little air.
10. First Aid Kit
Last but not least, a first aid kit. Taking care of yourself is the most essential tip of all. You need to be in good shape first before taking care of vehicle issues. Having sustained a cut or a bruise, a first aid kit could help patch you up before getting back to work.
These are just some of the tools you need to equip yourself with when it comes to off-road travel.
As you add more miles under your belt, you will also come up with your own tips and tricks that help you survive the great outdoors!
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