It is that time of year again where that white stuff comes falling from the skies. Some look at it as a bad thing, but for some off-roaders it is like Christmas everyday! And why wouldn’t it be, off-roading in the snow is a blast. It presents with a whole new set of challenges making it exciting and often times pretty intense.
With new challenges there are a few things you should keep in mind before hitting the drifts, like definitely make sure you hit the snow trails with a friend. No one wants to be stuck or broke down in the dead of winter with freezing temperature with no help in sight!
Pack blankets, survival gear, snow shovel, air jack, tire chains, ice scraper/window brush, recovery equipment, communications equipment, food, water, and it doesn’t hurt to have a warm change of clothes and boots too. Make sure part of that gear is flashlights with fresh batteries. It gets dark earlier in the wintertime. Before hitting the trails, consider the age of your Jeep’s battery. Cold weather diminishes a battery much quicker so if your is older than 5 years, get a new one.
Driving on snow-covered trails brings on its own set of difficulties. Even if you have driven the same trail a hundred times before, snow covers all the trails faults and difficult situations. You can get stuck very easy in the snow as well. Know the trail, do a walk over before a drive through. Next week we will cover some tips that will help a first timer snow trail off-roader. Have a wonderful weekend, and if it is snowing in your neck of the woods stay warm, and stay safe!