Off-Roading Dos and Don'ts

Off-Roading Dos and Don'ts

Coursing an adventure down trails unknown? Sure this is to be an exciting getaway during the holiday season with your friends and family! However, you don’t want things to get too exciting and wind up endangering someone’s health. Check out our list of some basic off-roading do’s and don’ts to help keep your trip safe and enjoyable.

Here’s What to Do

  1. Pack the essentials: Bring anything required to make fast repairs anywhere, such as spare tires, air compressors, and tow ropes. You will also want to have what you need to take care of the passengers, including plenty of food and water, a first aid kit, a cellphone, and maps (for when the cellphone has no service).
  2. Tell everyone: Let people who aren’t coming with you know where you are going and how long you are going to be there. Should you get lost or stuck while off-roading, they will be able to help rescue crews find you faster.
  3. Know your skills: The fastest way to get in danger is to underestimate a hazard or overestimate your abilities. If you have not gone off-roading in your vehicle before, test yourself and it in dry dirt and grassland trails, which are usually easier to handle. Traversing dunes and mud, and fording a river, are challenging tasks and should not be approached without caution.

And Here’s What Not to Do

  1. Turning on narrow roads: Your first instinct when caught at a dead-end on a narrow road might be to just turn around. Do not do this. Instead, back up until a wider, safer area is reached. You may want to have a passenger get out to help guide you.
  2. Traveling alone: Not just talking about being the only person on your off-roading trip but also the only vehicle. There is safety in numbers, and you should avoid any journeys with a solo car. Don’t know any friends that share this hobby? You may be able to find social groups or trail guides in your area that specialize in off-roading.
  3. Blaze the trail: if you don’t see a clear path ahead, don’t try to make one. If you do, you seriously increase your risks of encountering unstable ground. Additionally, you might be destroying someone’s property and wind up in legal trouble. You should also stop periodically to scout out the road ahead and identify dangers early on.

So You’re Ready But Is Your Vehicle?

Last but certainly not least, make certain your vehicle is actually up for the challenge ahead. At HP Motorsports, our high performance auto tuning team in Katy – also servicing the greater Houston area – can help you find the right modifications to your car to prepare it for off-roading in a free initial estimate. Contact us at 281.231.9950 today and, as always, stay safe on the roads, asphalt or otherwise!

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