Tips for Safe Off-Roading
Off-roading is one of the most exciting and fun hobbies in which you can participate. Driving off-road takes you to places you wouldn’t otherwise be able to go. The terrain may be different than what you’re accustomed to, and it’s easy to find yourself in a difficult situation. Read on to learn some rules for an enjoyable, safe ride.
Keep Others Updated
When going off-road with your new wheels and 4X4 rims, let others know where you’re going. People have often gotten lost or stuck in somewhat easy locations. If something happens and you can’t call for assistance or leave the area, family and friends will know to call the authorities.
Don’t Travel Alone
When enjoying Australia’s outback with one of our lift kits, it’s wise to have at least one other person along for the ride. With another vehicle, at least you’ll be able to get out if your 4×4 gets damaged or stuck. Furthermore, your travelling partner’s vehicle will give you the manpower needed to cope with sudden problems.
Pack Your Gear
Even a leisurely drive can quickly turn sour, and it’s important to have the right gear to handle a medical emergency or get through the night. Be sure to tie everything down inside the vehicle, to hold it in one place in the event of a collision.
Practise Passenger Safety
On your next 4X4 excursion with one of our wheel and tyre packages, everyone in the vehicle should wear a safety belt. During trail rides, it’s quite possible to get jostled around, and there’s always the possibility of a dangerous rollover event. Ask everyone to keep their arms and legs inside to prevent injury.
Take a Break Once in Awhile
Although off-roading is fun and exciting, it’s quite a strenuous endeavor. Four-wheeling requires concentration, and any laps can cause a serious or even fatal accident. Therefore, it’s important to take a break when you feel tired.
Lock It Down
When driving off-road on our wheels and Nitto Australia, you likely won’t be on firm ground. When you come to a stopping point, be sure your vehicle won’t roll away. Put it in park, apply the handbrake, and stop the engine.
Don’t Hang On
….To your vehicle, that is. If it gets precariously stuck, don’t try to tip it or pull it down by hand, and don’t, under any circumstances, climb onto it. Use the proper techniques and tools, and keep a safe distance to avoid serious injury.
Treat Gear With Respect
Treat high-lift straps and winches with the respect they deserve. The clevises, straps, and other components are under a tremendous amount of pressure when they’re in use, and a sudden failure can be catastrophic. Inspect these pieces before you go off-roading on our cheap rims and 4X4 Lift Kits.
Buy a Wheel and Tyre Package Today
Off-roading is a great way to spend a weekend, but it’s important to be safe. When you want the best accessories, wheels, and tyres online, visit our wheel shop or call us today.