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    Strategize for an off-road race with these tips

    Some truck modifications aren't made to sit in a garage. When you make alterations to an off-road vehicle, you're going to want people to see them, and you'll also want to the chance to test out the changes. There's no better way to do that than as part of an off-road race. These events pit drivers against each other in a mad dash for the finish line, and in many instances motorists have to test their vehicles' capabilities to complete the course quickly. 

    Scout the area
    One of the most essential parts of preparing for an off-roading race is scouting the course. Whenever possible, you should take a trip to the location and conduct a practice run. A map may give you a general idea of what to expect, but lots of things can change in a short amount of time, and seeing the area for yourself is the best way to understand a course. 

    Try to head to the course at the end of the day after many other drivers have already made their way across the land. This way you'll be on terrain that is similar to race conditions - it may be torn up and muddy, but it could also be an accurate depiction of what you can expect on the day of the big event. 

    If for some reason you can't get to the trail before the start of the race, search for other ways of getting information about the course. See if there are any write-ups from people who have driven on the trail in the past to find out about certain areas you should watch out for. 

    Be prepared for anything 
    Off-road racing means pushing your vehicle to the absolute limit. When you're doing this, there's no telling what type of hiccups might happen along the way, so you need to be ready to handle whatever comes at you. Have a well-stocked tool kit with all of the basic equipment you'll need to do repairs on the fly. Recovery straps are great to keep close in case you get stuck, and spare tires are an absolute must-have in case you hit a patch of land that damages a tire. 

    Organize your gear
    Once you have collected all of the tools and parts that could be needed on the trails, you should organize the gear in a way that makes sense to you. Giving everything a proper place - one that feels natural to you - you can easily find what you need in a short amount of time. Some items you may want in the glove compartment, a tool box in the truck bed or thrown in the trunk of a Jeep, and stocking up ahead of a race will guarantee you know where all of the gear is. 

    Make sure you conduct one final check the night before the race and have everything securely stashed in your vehicle. Taking care of this in the days prior to the event ensures that you won't be scrambling to complete these tasks the morning of. 

    Be aware of weather conditions
    You can know the course like the back of your hand and have all of the top gear, but if you don't prepare for certain weather conditions, it may all be for naught. While most drivers may prefer a clear or partly cloudy day, the odds of getting your ideal weather are slim. Be sure to research in the days leading up to the event to see what the forecast is like, as this may influence your strategy for the race as well as what type of tools you bring. Something as simple as packing sunglasses for a sunny day could make a big difference.