Pictured above: the Magellan TRX Jeep in Moab, UT, during Easter Jeep Safari 2016.

While fun and adventure draw many people into off-roading, safety concerns can do just the opposite -scare newcomers and even 4WD pros away. In his article “Top 10 Fears of New 4WD Owners”, master tread trainer and 4×4 coach Tom Severin lists the common fears of newbie off-roaders:

  1. Damaging a new vehicle
  2. Rolling over
  3. Being stuck forever
  4. Breaking down
  5. Not knowing where to go and not knowing other drivers
  6. Breaking a bead
  7. Embarrassing yourself in front of others
  8. Lacking skill & knowledge
  9. Going off camber
  10. Lacking immediate emergency services

But with careful planning, proper preparation, and the right attitude, you can control and even eliminate these risks yourself. For example, before you head out to an off-roading adventure, research the different routes or route attributes in the area you’re planning to visit. Learn what equipment and gear you’ll need for your adventure  from other off-roaders on one of many OHV forums, including:

The article “An introduction to off-roading” from The Art of Manliness lists the essentials for any ORV trip:

  • Full tank of gas
  • Tow rope
  • Spare tires and changing tools
  • Portable air compressor
  • Navigational aids
  • First aid kit
  • Mobile phone

Driving Online and Tread Lightly! are great resources for ORV tips.  Then, when you’re ready for a complete off-road navigation solution for your next off-roading trip, look no further than the award-winning Magellan eXplorist TRX7 – it offers easy-to-use trip planning tools, a comprehensive trail database, and the ability to record and save your adventures. Magellan GPS has spent years designing this navigator for off-roaders of all kinds, so check it out today and see how it can add excitement and enhance safety for even the most thrilling off-road adventures.

Be adventurous, be safe, and above all, have fun!