If you have an adventurous spirit and a desire to travel off the beaten path, you've likely considered taking your Jeep® on an off-road adventure. While off-roading is an exhilarating experience, there are safety concerns that you should consider and prepare for before setting out. Here's a guide on how to stay safe when off-roading.


  • Keep someone informed:  Before off-roading, you should let someone know the area you plan on exploring and what time you intend on returning. Even the most seasoned off-road adventurers can run into trouble, so having someone aware of your plan can help in the event that they need to contact authorities. It also helps to off-road in pairs, so there are two vehicles rather than just one and two vehicles to problem-solve.
  • Pack appropriately: Even the best laid plans go awry, so you should pack survival gear, a medical kit, and plenty of water. There's a chance you'll get stuck and have to spend the night somewhere.
  • Use your seatbelt and tie down cargo: Always wear your seat belt while off-roading, and make sure that all other passengers do so. You should also tie down all cargo to prevent it from becoming dislodged and hurting a passenger. These simple considerations can save lives in the event of a crash or accident.
  • Take your time and take breaks: Don't be hasty while off-roading: make smart, considerate decisions. If you feel yourself becoming fatigued, take a break.
  • Apply the emergency brake when stopped: On uneven terrain, it's important to apply your emergency brakes when stopped to prevent your vehicle from rolling.
  • Stay within the vehicle and practice safety if your vehicle becomes stuck: Always keep your arms and legs within the vehicle while off-roading. If your vehicle becomes stuck or tips, do not hang or climb on your vehicle. Instead, use the safe and proper tools and techniques to right your vehicle.

Transwest CDJR offers many capable, dependable Jeep® sport utility vehicles that are ready for an off-roading adventure. 

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