Preparing for winter Off-Road Vehicle Trips

Off-road adventures can be planned all year round.  Off-road Vehicles and SUV’s can be prepared for any type of terrain during any season.  Going on an off-road trail in summer, spring or fall is exciting, but going in winter brings about a different kind of excitement.

Off-road trips need to be carefully planned, more so in winter.  Every detail of the trip needs to be laid-out and looked over thoroughly to ensure that nothing is missed. You will need to carefully plan the supplies you need to bring, the clothes you will wear, the spare parts and tools and the condition of your vehicle.

Probably the most important item that you need to carefully look into is the trail that you intend to tackle.  Going on a difficult trail is hard enough, but when it is wet and covered in snow, it can become dangerous.  It is best to go on a trail that you already know and you’ve been through numerous times before.  This way you already know the terrain, the places you need to avoid, and the best ways to get through the trail.

If you intend to go on a trail that you have not been through before then make sure that you are behind a vehicle with a driver that already knows the trail.  It is better if the driver has been through the trail during winter and knows the best ways to navigate it.  It is best if you had a means to keep constant communication with drivers that know the trail by heart.

Driving into a terrain that is covered in snow can be dangerous if you do not know how to handle your vehicle in snow. Snow that is wet and heavy is maneuverable, but dry snow that is deep is something else. If you have second thoughts about plunging your vehicle in 6 feet of snow, then it is best to just avoid it.  If you really want to go through it then make sure that your recovery gear is complete and you have a way to recover your vehicle if necessary.

Take a good look at your recovery gear in your off-road vehicle before leaving the house.  Never assume that your gear is complete or is in perfect condition.  Check for any wear and tear on the straps and replace them if necessary.  Check that your tow hooks and winches are in good condition and make sure that you bring a couple of snow shovels.  Your vehicle will depend a lot on your recovery gear during winter and you never know when another vehicle might need your help.

Make sure that your vehicle is fitted with tires that can handle snow.  These tires are wide and flexible so that your truck will handle better.  Lowering the tire pressure is also advisable. Also make sure that you bring an air tank along just in case you need to make some tire repairs.  Sometimes an extra tire is just not enough and you will need to make repairs so that you and your off-road vehicle can get back home.



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