Off-roading in Auckland can be a fun adventure, but it is fraught with peril. You might get stuck, injured, or face an expensive repair bill. To minimize potential dangers, you have to know the capacity of your Land Rover and your ability as a driver. Here are some safety guidelines for off-roaders:
1. Conduct a pre-trip vehicle inspection.
Make sure that your vehicle is ready for a rough drive. Inspect the general functions thoroughly and ensure that all safety devices are fully functional. Check your oil, tires, and gas. You should have proper coolant levels as off-road wheeling causes a lot of stress to your engine. You need to have a clear view of the road. Don’t forget to check the windshield washer fluids and see if the wiper blades are in good shape.
Before you embark on your off-road journey, you must have an intimate knowledge of your vehicle. Understand its capabilities and limitations. Make sure to honor its restrictions and don’t expect that it can do what it can’t. You need to give your SUV an upgrade before it can be capable of conquering the toughest of trails.
2. Let someone know.
Whether there is little risk involved, you have to tell someone about your off-roading trip and your return. Remote areas might not have network coverage, and you might not be able to call for help. Should the unexpected happen and you’re not able to make it on your expected return, your family and friends could rescue you.
3. Bring a buddy.
Exploring mining trails or seeing the summits of mountains can be entertaining, but it is risky. Difficult terrains and hostile environments have inherent danger. It’s hard to predict a rollover or other things that might go wrong on the road. Thus, it’s best not to go on a trip alone. You have a higher chance of going home safely if you have a friend on another vehicle. Your off-road buddy can help you fix problems, and deal with medical emergencies.
4. Follow off-road etiquette.
While there are no official rules, there are unwritten regulations in the off-roading community that you need to follow. Tread lightly by following established paths that have been successfully navigated by those who went before you. Forging a new trail is the easiest way to get stuck. Do not litter. Stay out of wilderness areas so that you will not cause any disturbance to the wildlife.
5. Drive slow and steady.
Off-roading is not a race but an adventure. You should drive as slowly as possible and only speed up if it’s necessary. Speed is especially dangerous when tackling rocks and boulders. Your tires can be tough, but they could be damaged if you speed up. When you drive fast, you will not be able to look ahead for potential road hazards. Most off-road trails are narrow and full of dangerous curves. Speeding up around the curves can lead to a crash.