Tips for Off-Roading: What to Do Before Hitting the Trails

2016 Ford Expedition

Take your Expedition or other Ford vehicle off-roading with these tips to make the best of the experience.

 

Off-roading can be fun, especially if you know how to do it right. We’ve put together a list of tips for off-roading, ensuring you’re always safe and able to have fun. No one wants to end up stranded, so keeping these in mind could just define your driving experience.

According to Popular Mechanics, the best thing to do is to scope out the area first. Know where there might be unexpected terrain, drop-offs, and pedestrians. Look out for things like deer crossings, hills, and gorges. Remember, you can always stop and walk around if you can’t see what’s ahead.

Next, shift into four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive as soon as you hit the trail. Though you might think it sounds like common sense, many off-roaders forget to shift – before you know it you could end up stuck. Carry a reminder like a sticky-note so you don’t forget.

Always bring recovery gear. A sturdy rug can help you out of a rut and a spade can help you fill in holes. Serious gear should include a two-inch-wide tow strap (with fabric ends, not hooks), a pair of strong clevises, and an electric winch. Most importantly, bring a friend to help out.

Chad Vaught

CEO of Jimmy Michel Motors, where nobody beats our deal!

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