Safety Tips To Help You Come Home Safe


Blue Grass 4X4.com riding group... Kentucky Tourism

Off roading is one of the most exciting and enjoyable ways to spend a weekend. While off-roading you will encounter beautiful scenery and meet new friends along the trails. It can also be a very demanding sport, which challenges drivers. The trails contain terrain that many drivers have never driven on before, this is why all drivers should follow these guidelines in order to safely return home.


Share Your Plans – It is important that you share your off-roading plans with relatives or friends. This will insure that someone other than you knows your location and the day and time that you plan on returning. If you do not arrive within an acceptable time of when you planned, your friends will be able to provide the location where you planned to off-road.

Have A Backup Vehicle – In the case of your off-roading vehicle becoming damaged beyond repair on the trails, you should always have another vehicle available to use as a backup. Having an extra vehicle will allow you to return home and tow your off-roading vehicle back. You will also be able to pull your vehicle if it should become stuck. A backup vehicle is always a good idea.

Have An Emergency Kit – As prepared as all drivers like to think they are, you never know for sure what may happen on the trail. If a situation arises where you become stuck or injured you will want to have access to an emergency kit. Your emergency kit should be stocked with first aid supplies as well as food and water.

Always Wear A Seatbelt – This is especially important to do while off-roading. The trails that you will be driving on are not as well kept as the roads at home. You and your passengers will be jostled and thrown around on the trail. Wearing a seatbelt will help keep you from becoming injured while driving or in the case of an accident.

These are only a few safety tips to remember, it is our goal to help keep you safe so that you can enjoy your time out on the trails.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."

6 comments

  1. All great points, especially the seat belt. So many of the off roaders feel that they don’t need to wear their belts because they are not moving very fast. I’ve seen several avoidable injuries if only they had been belted.

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  2. I usually head out in my Jeep with the distinct purpose of getting some alone time. I don’t usually tell anyone that I’m leaving, let alone where I’m going. But, I do see the logic in letting someone know my plans. Thanks for the smack in to the back of the head. I think I got the message.

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  3. I never believed that I needed a backup vehicle until reality made me a believer. The weather was not a factor, for which I am eternally grateful. My cell phone was useless, which still makes me mad. No one knew where I was at because it was one of those last minute decisions and I was only going to be gone a few hours and intended on being home before anyone knew I left. I’ve never been much of a hiker but that day I had to walk 7 miles of rough terrain to get back to civilization. It was a lesson hard learned but also one I will never forget.

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  4. Most of these are just common sense, but that seems to be a trait that is lacking in the younger generation. These are things they have most likely heard before but they bear repeating and you did it nicely. We can only hope they take heed.

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  5. It is a demanding sport, but that’s why I like it so much. As with any sport, practice makes perfect and I do love to practice! When I first got my Jeep, I was so cocky. It scares me now to think of the chances I took. Someone up there was definitely watching over me. Now, I know that when I take a chance, I’m reasonably sure of the outcome before I do it. The older I get the more important safety becomes.

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  6. All tried and true guidelines. But most people will ignore just about every one of them. Those same people will act dumbfounded when there is a problem. Go figure!

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