The Off-Roading Resource Guide
The world is pretty big, with plenty of places to be explored. In fact, there’s so much to explore that many people feel the need to cover as much of the world as possible in as little time. That’s where off-roading comes in. It allows people to really cut their tires into the outside world. They can venture into sandy dunes, dense forests, and thick mudded areas, really getting back to nature. This can be extremely exciting to off-roaders but it can also result in some dangerous accidents and environmental damage if they are not careful.
For off-roading, vehicles such as specially designed jeeps work better than most trucks. Trucks come with 4-wheel drive for a reason but it should be known that trucks are generally the last option when people are looking into off-roading. Look for the vehicle that fits the situation. ATVs and motorcycles are usually the most appropriate for riding in dunes or on beaches. If you are going rock crawling, you should invest in an actual vehicle like a jeep or modded truck because you’ll need the extra protection and horsepower.
You’ll also need to modify existing vehicles to a certain degree. Equipment lifts are lifts that are attached to trucks to make hauling ATVs and motorcycles easier. These lifts help to get the ATVs and bikes into the truck. They are valuable because lifting ATVs and bikes onto trucks can be very dangerous if you try to lift on your own strength. Suspension and tires are also very important. You will need suspension that is suitable for your needs but not too stiff or you’ll be far more likely to lose control of your vehicle. You need the right tires so that they grip right and provide an extra bit of safety.
You should also follow basic safety laws. Learn how to correctly operate your vehicle, obey traffic laws, and wear a proper uniform so that if you do crash, you are as fully protected as possible. Wear helmets and thick boots for extra protection. It’s also important to remember that your actions impact the environment around you. Many areas are closed to off-roading because there is a habitat that is sensitive or threatened. Riding bikes through them disturbs the balance when plants get trampled, animals get accidentally killed, and spooked. It also affects the air quality and it’s inevitable that the amount of trash will increase in the area as well. Violating these laws can result in a run-in with the police. Off-roaders and law enforcement officers tend to have a strained relationship and these kinds of actions would not go over well with local police so be polite and smart. Remember that you are not above the law.
Be careful when you drive and you should be free to have a wonderful time. You and your family will be able to experience nature in an exciting way, and you’ll have fun doing it, too.
Written By: Edson Farnell | Email |