Off-roading is full of adventures all year round. As the temperatures begin to drop and we prepare for the colder seasons, it’s important to update our off-roading guidelines. Although off-roading can still be done in the winter, make sure to follow these helpful tips to make your adventures twice as fun in the snow:
Watch the Snow
During colder weather, it’s essential to pay close attention to your trail. You should never underestimate the snow or its depth. Make sure your tires can grip the snow and are capable of supporting your vehicle. Always check the weather before off-roading and bring the proper equipment in the case of an emergency. For example, winter weather tends not to be as bright as the summer; this is why flashlights are essential to bring on every trip. You may also need fire-making equipment such as firewood to help stay warm during the night. Furthermore, a shovel is also essential to aid if the vehicle gets stuck or trapped by the snow in the surrounding areas.
Tire pressures tend to drop quickly during the winter. Before heading on the trail, it’s important to check your tires and also bring the correct supplies in case of an emergency. Investing in snow tires will help your tires get more traction and make it easier to brake on icy roads. The tread pattern helps reduce snow build-up and also gives the driver a better, well-controlled grip of the road.
Equally important, make sure to load your vehicle with an anti-freezing solution to keep your windows clear during the winter season. Keep an ice scraper and also a heater to ensure your windows won’t be covered in snow or get frosted over. Before every trip, make sure your vehicle’s battery is properly functioning to avoid getting a dead battery. Always warm-up your vehicle before driving to get your heater and defroster started as a way to ensure that your vehicle is functioning.
Waterproof gear helps the body stay warm in the icy snow and keeps the clothes from getting wet. Make sure to bring blankets, gloves, and rain boots along on every winter trip to protect yourself from the cold. Additionally, dressing in layers helps retain heat in the body to keep warm in the cold.
Stay prepared this winter and travel in groups to ensure safety. Always keep emergency contacts and tell a close friend or family member about your trip’s location, arrival date, and return date. Keep a checklist to stay on top of your game and enjoy all the fun that the snow has to offer.