Off-roading has become a trendy hobby, but it can be hard to get started. There is a lot to learn about off-roading. It can seem daunting if you are a beginner, but we have you covered. Here are the basics to starting your new off-roading hobby.
How can you learn the skills you need?
As with any hobby, many online forums dedicate themselves to different aspects of the hobby. Learn about vehicle modifications, driving locations, and even find groups to meet new adventure buddies. Local clubs will be especially beneficial for building your skills and meeting other like-minded people. Another avenue to explore could be vehicle manufacturer meetups. Jeep Jamborees and Land Rover Experiences are week-long events catering to all skill levels with various lessons. Lastly, off-roading shops host similar events, which could be great to explore.
Where can you go off-roading?
Off-road recreational parks have legal trails and areas for you to explore your newfound skills. OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) recreation areas are also great places to go. The Forest Services maintains other legal off-road trails. Check out the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) map for other maintained trails. Keep a few trail guides in your area to get some interesting background information on local courses.
What gear do you need to pack?
On organized trail runs, you will need to bring the following required equipment:
- Front and rear recovery shackles
- Tow strap
- Roll bar/cage
- Jack and basic tool set
- Fire extinguisher
- Handheld radio
- Full-size spare tire
If you have a more tough run, add:
- Hi-Lift Jack
- Base for the Jack
What happens in an emergency?
While you can make an off-roading trip as safe as possible, it will never be 100%. It may be hours before rescuers can reach you. Keep a comprehensive first aid kit accessible in the car and become familiar with the different kinds of wounds and how to treat them. Stow away a GPS, a compass, and a map. It is great to rely on a GPS, but sometimes batteries die. Learn about reading a map with a compass so you can find your way back home. Lastly, carry extra camping supplies if something tragic happens, and you must spend an extra night or two in the woods.
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