Top 10 Off-Road Driving Safety Tips

Four-wheeling/off-road driving is a popular American pastime. There is fun and challenge in navigating
terrain off the main roads. The truth
is, however, that you can find yourself in a remote and very hostile
environment in just a few hours. Don’t set out without following these
important off-road driving safety tips!

Top 10 Off-Road
Driving Safety Tips

1. Do a pre-excursion inspection to make sure that
your vehicle is in good running order and is holding gear necessary for
off-road driving. Carry winches, high-lift straps, and clevises to help
dislodge your vehicle in case it gets stuck. Know how to use them before
setting out.

2. Pack a survival kit even if you are only planning
a short trip; you never know when you can get into trouble. At minimum you
should have gear to get you through the night, deal with a basic medical
situation, and call for help. The minimum list should include cell phone and
gps radio, blankets/sleeping bags, flashlight/lantern, water, high protein
snacks, water, and basic first aid kit.

3. Always tell someone (who will not be on the trip)
where you are going and when you plan to return. They will then know to contact
the authorities if you do not return or become unable to call for help.

4. Always go with another vehicle of friends or
two. This means that if something goes wrong with your vehicle or it becomes
stuck or badly damaged you will have a ride out and someone else to call for
help.

5. When off-road driving you can expect that your
vehicle will do a fair amount of bouncing around. Anything loose in the vehicle
will fly around the car so be sure to tie down anything large or heavy for your
safety.

6. Every passenger should always wear a seatbelt!
Just because there are no police officers to enforce the law like there are on
paved roads does not mean that you should stop using seatbelts. They will keep
you in your seat in the event of a crash into a big rock or tree or in the
event of an unexpected rollover.

7. Always keep hands and legs inside the vehicle.
You are risking serious injury to your limbs by hanging them outside of the car;
narrow passageways can bring you into close contact with trees, cliff walls,
and rocks. Also note that it is futile to put your hand out the window in order
to prevent the vehicle from tipping over.

a. Make sure that none of the passengers holds onto
the roll bar. Their fingers would get smashed in the event of a rollover and they
would also be running the risk of being injured by low-hanging branches.

8. Only drive when at your best. Avoid off-road
driving if you are overly tired or intoxicated. If you become tired while out
on the trail, take a break to rest or ask another person to drive.

9. Put your vehicle in park and activate the
emergency brake every time you stop. You do not want to risk your vehicle
rolling away because you are on uneven ground.

10. Do not hang or climb on a vehicle to get it out
of a stuck position. If your vehicle gets stuck never attempt to pull it down
or tip it by hand; use the proper tools and techniques, and always from a safe
distance away. Vehicles are heavy and have the weight to crush a person.

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Four-wheeling/off-road driving is a popular American pastime. There is fun and challenge in navigating
terrain off the main roads. The truth
is, however, that you can find yourself in a remote and very hostile
environment in just a few hours. Don’t set out without following these
important off-road driving safety tips!

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