4×4 off-road vehicles are made for formidable terrain. Even so, it’s your responsibility to traverse rough landscapes in a safe manner. An outdoor adventure can quickly turn into a nightmare if the vehicle ends up getting stuck in mud or in a rock. If you’re planning a wilderness excursion, be sure to follow these off-road safety travel tips.
Research the Route
Snohomish County is full of off-road routes. Before embarking on your trip, check with the county to be sure those roads are designated for civilian travel. Some roads are illegal to drive on. Avoid potential fines by verifying the road is legal for off-road vehicle use. When researching the route, you should also travel the planned terrain by foot or ATV beforehand. Any area heavy in mud and water can hide a pothole that can cause your vehicle to become stuck.
Stay on the Designated Trail
While tempting, don’t try to test the limits of your vehicle. With a designated trail, there is a peace of mind knowing that many other vehicles have successfully crossed it. Plus, sticking to a previously used path means less damage to the environment.
Get Your Vehicle Checked Out
Your vehicle is subjected to more punishment under rough terrain. Be absolutely sure your vehicle is up for the task. Have it checked out by an auto service & maintenance company before embarking on your trip.
Slow & Steady
Always remember this popular off-road mantra: “as slow as possible, as fast as necessary.” While a bit of speed may be necessary at times, such as when going up a hill, you need to take it easy on the gas pedal. Go fast on uneven terrain and you’re guaranteed to damage the shocks and struts.
We Service 4×4 Vehicles
Unlike most other mechanics, NW Performance and Off-Road also specializes in off-road and performance vehicles. Our auto repair crew will ensure your vehicle is good to go for travel through rocky, muddy, and bumpy roads. Even so, you still need to follow the off-road safety travel tips to ensure a smooth journey and a safe return.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Passionate auto repair service in Everett, Edmonds, Lake Stevens,
Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mill Creek, Mukilteo & Snohomish