One of the more thrilling pastimes you may engage in is four-wheeling. Off-road travel allows you to see places that you otherwise would not. It also presents difficulties for you because the terrain is very different from what you are used to. And it only takes a few hours to find yourself in a hostile, isolated location.
- Faster is not always better.
To climb a hill or avoid a hazard, a little bit of speed may occasionally be needed. You won't likely succeed if you believe the obstacle requires even 10 mph, though. Additionally, you'll either harm something or become trapped.
- Carry a survival kit.
Pack the necessary supplies to get you through the night and to handle any potential medical emergency.
- Sometimes, getting there from here is impossible.
This is accurate even when driving a well-equipped car with a good driver; it was unquestionably accurate when the driver was an inexperienced teen operating a poorly-equipped car. Finding a different path is far simpler than finding someone who can and will save you. Better than walking home is to continue walking.
- Maintain your trail.
In addition to getting me trapped, trying to forge my own path caused ruts that persisted for years. Drive along paths that have already been traveled; you'll know it is possible to get through there and you'll cause less environmental harm. A word of caution: just because someone else created something doesn't mean you will. Perhaps they were a better driver, owned a nicer vehicle, or passed by before it started to rain.
- Inform someone.
Tell someone your destination and anticipated return time. At least they will be aware of when and where to begin looking.
- Be equipped with Recovery Kit
No matter how frequently you choose the less-traveled route, you will eventually run into trouble. When it comes to off-roading, preparation is essential, regardless of whether you're just spinning tires in a tiny bit of snow or frame deep in mud.