When you unexpectedly become stuck, you are driving your 4WD vehicle loosely through an extremely muddy creek, jamming the throttle, and slogging through deep ruts. Your truck, which has a high ground clearance and a good set of tires, is currently sprinkling dirt, mud, and stream bed all around it, including the vegetation above you. It's frustrating, but regrettably your frustration won't get you very far. Thank goodness you brought a friend who can help you get away, or did you only bring your reliable phone?
Unluckily, being unprepared might make a journey that was meant to be enjoyable dangerous. Additionally, getting into an off-road collision can leave you stranded, hurt, or with a pricey rescue and repair fee.
Going it Alone
Off-road travel always entails some risks. After all, part of what makes it so enjoyable is that. But going it alone is a poor idea. So, if you double up, at the very least, you'll have a towing partner who can rescue you from a jam or call for assistance if you find yourself in need of a professional towing service and are stranded just outside of cell phone range.
Tell someone exactly where you're going and when you'll be back if you decide to go alone. simply to be safe.
Not Bringing Enough Recovery Gear
Off-roading with your 4x4 truck is more than just driving in the dirt; it is survival. Especially if you plan to go overlanding on those longer journeys. If you don't prepare for the journey correctly, things may go awry very quickly and you'll find that you've made blunders when off-roading that can get you in real trouble.
You could risk hypothermia overnight if you are unable to treat a wound that requires more than a Band-Aid. You may also find yourself gazing at a simple engine problem with no tools in sight. On the other side, you may have all of those things and still end up with an overheated engine because you epically overloaded your truck with items you'd never use.
Winging the Route
Preparation is half the battle. For off-roading, that means you have to know where you are going yourself and not just the person driving upfront. If you follow your buddy off-road blindly, you may be caught off guard by simple changes in the terrain, resulting in an unnecessary accident and significant damage to your truck that could have been avoided.
It is always better to be safe than sorry. Even if you have an experienced driver in the lead, make it a habit to go over the route in detail and ensure that all party members are aware of what they will be experiencing. It may even be prudent to explore the area on foot before confronting it in your truck. Don't drive into areas where you have no idea what's coming.
Choosing a Wrong Tires
Worn tires are risky to drive with in general, even on the road. When you take them off-road, they become quite dangerous. This is likely the easiest of the off-roading blunders to avoid.
The wrong tires aren't merely the ones with too much wear to them. Under-inflation, irregular wear owing to mechanical difficulties, and damage from road hazards are the major reasons of tire failure. Everyone brings a spare tire in case a tire blows out. However, no one wants to have to change their tires while on the road
Crossing Stand Water
Standing water typically covers the type of mud that gets you stuck, making river crossings potentially deadly if the water ends up being deeper than you anticipated. Every type of water has roughly 1500 pounds of buoyant force. You will lose control if the force exceeds the weight of your car. On contact, the breathers on your axles, manual transmission, and transport case will suck in water, and if your engine's air intake sucks in water, you're in big danger.