Looking for something more adventurous to do with the family this summer? Do you and your kids love excitement and the great outdoors? This summer, load up the diesel truck and trailer and go exploring on some natural trails off the beaten path!
What Is Off-Roading?
Off-roading is a great way to see America up close and personal. All across the country are thousands of miles of road perfect for exploring using OHVs (off-highway vehicles) or ATVs (all-terrain vehicles). Imagine traveling through the natural wonders of the United States instead of just driving past them in a sweaty, overstuffed car. Off-roading is a great way to get out in the fresh air, get some exercise, and experience the world around you!
What Do You Need for Off-Roading?
Before you head out into the wilds, make sure you and your family are ready to stay safe and prepared.
Helmets and protective gear. Safety first! Off-roading is fun, but you're always at risk when a moving vehicle is involved. When it comes to protective gear other than a helmet, wear long sleeves and pants, heavy boots, gloves, and goggles at the very least.
A repair kit. The last thing you want is for your fun to be cut short by a puncture. Be sure to have an air pump and tire plugs in case you run over something — which can happen when you're off-road. You'll also want basic tools in case something goes wrong elsewhere. Wrenches, a Swiss army knife, and duct tape are also invaluable.
Water. Don't forget to stay hydrated! You'll use up a lot of energy out there.
Emergency supplies. Always make sure you bring a first aid kid with you, even if you're wearing enough safety gear that you don't think you'll need it. Also bring your cell phone and an extra charger, a flashlight, a map, and anything else you feel you and your family might want in case of an emergency.
A tow strap and winch. You'll want these on hand in case someone's OHV breaks down beyond repair or gets stuck in the mud. Even if you're pretty sure you won't need them, it never hurts to have them on hand!
Even if you don't want to go far, your home state is sure to have some beautiful stretches of road open for exploration. Check out the websites of your local national parks or nature reserves; they'll let you know if they have something available. In particular, look for places with long stretches of trail.
ATV Magazine is also a great place to look for potential off-roading sites to travel to with your family, as well as offering reviews of vehicles and equipment.
Time to Hit the Road!
Getting ready for a safe, fun off-roading holiday takes a little extra effort, but it's worth it to share the excitement and adventure with your family while seeing the sights. So, are you ready to roll?
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