Part of the fun of off-roading comes from conquering unknown lands. That's why finding new parks and trails is of such importance to some drivers. However, these alluring locations are not always close to home, and you may have to embark on long road trips to get to the latest spot that's caught your eye.
Prior to these adventures, there are a few steps you should take to ensure your vehicle is primed for a long trip. The truck mods you've made may have it ready for off-road driving, but your vehicle will need to be ready to handle pavement, mud, rocks, gravel and everything in between.
Inspect the off-road vehicle
Before setting off on any significant trip, you should make sure you are thoroughly examining the vehicle to see if it is up to par - especially if you plan on off-roading. Looking at things like wipers, fluid levels and the automobile's oil are all important aspects of maintenance that you should take care of ahead of a trip. While you may be constantly updating a vehicle and be confident in its capabilities, giving the machine a once-over before an extended journey is an easy preventative measure that provides peace of mind.
Check the tires
Several months of summer driving and hot weather could have contributed to the wearing down of your tires, which is why it is essential for drivers to check the tires and their pressure before long trips. Temperature changes can wreak havoc on tire pressure, so it is important to keep an eye on this aspect throughout road trips. Under- or over-inflated tires can cause problems when off-roading, which only furthers the need to have them at the level recommended by the manufacturer.
In addition to the tire pressure, you should also check on the alignment. Obstacles you've encountered when off-roading could have thrown the alignment off, and getting it fixed will improve other aspects of the drive as well. Should you notice there are any issues and tires may need replacing, focus on the rear two. Those are the tires that provide the most stability for a vehicle, even if you have the option of all-wheel drive, so they are the most important ones to switch out.
Know your blind spots
Driving a large, souped-up truck or SUV gives you a lot of advantages both on and off the roads, but it can also cause some disruptions as you go about the journey. For example, some of your truck modifications may have expanded blind spots or even created new ones. Getting an idea of where these areas are before traveling will give you the knowledge you need to stay safe on the roads and handle any off-road trails with ease.
Charge all devices beforehand
Keeping things like a cellphone charged is one task that almost all drivers know to do. But it's not the only device you should be focusing on. If you're going to be driving in unfamiliar places to reach an off-roading destination, be sure to charge gadgets like a GPS or tablet. Although you may be content to leave these items behind and rely solely on a smartphone for any directional help, that can quickly drain your battery and leave you scrambling for other ways to communicate. While you may not even need these devices, it is best for your safety and peace of mind if you bring along one or two of them and take steps that enhance your safety.