5 Off-Roading Mistakes and How to Fix Them

5 Off-Roading Mistakes and How to Fix Them

5 Off-Roading Mistakes and How to Fix Them

There's tons to think about when you want to do all the right things for your off-roading adventure, but there are also some common mistakes to avoid. Here's what to know before you head out and how to fix them.

1) Not Being Prepared for an Emergency

Off-roading is an ideal pastime for adrenaline junkies, but you can still cruise on the trails without compromising  safety. Make sure you have an emergency prep plan complete with a first aid kit and the ability to get in touch with friends or family. It's best to take a buddy off-roading with you, but at minimum you need a set of rugged radios. It works with all VHF/UHF business band radios operating on the same frequencies. It also comes outfitted with a built-in safety flashlight 5-watt transmitter. If you get into trouble, you can use your radios for help or get in touch with your buddy to come find you.

2) Using the Wrong Tires

If you're using street tires or worn out, low-quality options, you're risking damage to your UTV, truck, Jeep or SUV. Off-roading tires need to handle rocky terrain while navigating water and mud. Try our Toyo Tires SXS Open Country with more ground clearance and flotation to make the most out of your vehicle's suspension. Or choose these BF Goodrich Tires KM3 for mud terrain with a Q speed rating and tread depth of 18/32. 

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3) Not Checking Out the Route First

Although offroading requires quick thinking- planning out your route doesn't have to be.  It's important to check out the trails and determine what your vehicle is capable of  before  Simply gathering some maps and looking through online UTV forums can give you insights for what to expect on and off the trail. 

No matter how well-prepared you are, it's best to have a Plan B in place. A quality winch helps you tow out your vehicle and save yourself from headaches or getting stuck. As well as having tools to bring along. 

4) Not Having the Right Gear for Nighttime

Why come in early off the trails if you don't have to? Even if you don't intend to rip up the trails at night, you still need the right lighting come sunset. 

You can also give your jeep an upgrade with our DDOR LED Dream Whip 400 color combination. They're easy to get on and off with our quick-release patented technology that works flawlessly every time. Try a KC Hilites or Baja Designs  light bar with optional amber covers that help you see through the dust, rain, snow, and fog so you're always aware of what is up ahead. 

5) Not Doing a Post-Ride Inspection

A rough ride off the trails can put your vehicle through thrill-seeking wear and tear. Although your heavy duty gear can take a beating, it's still vulnerable to occasional cracks and issues. Regular maintenance is a must to check your tires and their pressure, your lights, suspension, and cage. A simple crack can quickly spiral and lead to further damage and costly repairs. 

It may be time to upgrade your gear if you haven't done a post-ride inspection or invested in your vehicle in awhile. The first upgrade we suggest is getting an aftermarket cage for prioritizing safety. Try the  UTV Wolfpack Polaris RZR Pro R 4 Seat Cage comes welded or with weld it yourself capabilities. You can also add on whips, antenna tabs, light bar, windshield, and roof rack for a comprehensive upgrade.

Ready to Elevate Your Off-Roading Adventure?

We offer a wide selection of the best off-roading equipment and upgrades. Browse our entire online selection here to start modifying your UTV, Truck, Jeep or SUV from top to bottom. 

Need help picking the right upgrades and high-quality gear for your off-roading experience? Visit us at 15230 San Fernando Mission Blvd Suite B102, Mission Hills, CA 91345! Or info@dirtdirectoffroad.com