Off-roading is one of the most thrilling activities one can allow their vehicle to participate it. Going off road any-time soon? Well, before doing so there are many recommendations that you may want to apply to ensure your vehicle is in tip-top shape…before heading into the mud.

Now, off-roading is way more than just splashing mud onto your vehicle, it also encompasses climbing over large rocks, churning heavy sand, and even fording streams of water.

To get you started on your journey, here are four tips that will enhance not only your experience, but your vehicles off-roading experience as well.

Understand your vehicles limits
Understanding your vehicles limits will save you lots of money in the long run. First of all, just know that if you plan on off-roading with a four-speed automatic and a small engine…you’re likely not going to make it. Well, you’ll make it, but your vehicle will likely not survive tackling severe terrain. You will definitely want to make sure your vehicle offers a sufficient amount of ground clearance before taking it out into the wild.

Keep to the trail, walk it first
Another tip that will keep your off-roading experience as successful as can be is to stay on or near the trail. Another way to ensure the compatibility between the terrain and your vehicle is to walk the trail beforehand. Who better than you to judge whether or not your vehicle can sustain such a course? Staying on or near the trail is always a safe bet, as it’s a course that has already been treaded by many other vehicles, with success…unless they tried to do so in like, a mini-van or something.

Check your tires, check your brakes
Before heading out on your excursion, be sure to check your tires and breaks. Walk around your vehicle and inspect all four of your tires to confirm that there are no foreign objects stuck inside and ensure that the proper amount of air is in each tire. Also, inspecting the pads, calipers and brake lines is SO important before heading out as it could save your vehicle and your life.

We hope that these tips are helpful to you on your thrilling adventure…oh also, don’t forget to wash the dirt, mud and grime off your vehicle soon after the experience, as doing so will increase the lifespan of your paint, brake pads and more.