A Beginner’s Guide to off-Roading in a Jeep
You’re the proud owner of a Jeep: you’ve always wanted to drive it off-road but you’re not quite sure where to start. Do you need special equipment? How do you avoid damaging your Jeep? How can you balance having an adventure with making sure you stay safe?
You’re asking all the right questions! At Archway Insurance, we want to make sure our clients know what exactly what they’re getting into before they go off-roading – and that’s why we’ve put together this guide:
- Get to know your Jeep – and what it can and can’t handle.
- Be sure to pack all the equipment you’ll need – from a cell phone to a first aid kit.
- Familiarize yourself with the terrain you want to explore before you try driving on it.
- Check the weather forecast! A flash flood or deep pits of mud could leave you stranded or in serious trouble.
And before you go off-roading – check with your insurance broker to make sure you have the right insurance to cover your Jeep properly for any adventure.
Get to Know Your Jeep
As soon as you have the idea to try off-roading, it may be tempting just to go right away. But taking a little time to get to know your Jeep can help you from running into trouble down the line.
It’s essential to get an idea of your Jeep’s dimensions – you don’t want to try fitting into a tight spot if you won’t make it through. Another important thing to do is make sure you know what kind of clearance you have under your Jeep. You don’t want to accidentally damage the undercarriage of your Jeep by driving it over a surface that you can’t clear.
Before you set out on any off-roading adventure, it pays to make sure your Jeep is in good shape. Check all of the following before you go:
- All of the fluids are topped up.
- Your tires (including the spare ) are properly inflated, and you have no issues with the treads.
- There are no loose or broken parts that could come off when you’re driving over a bumpy surface.
We understand you may also make special modifications to your Jeep. Check with your insurance broker to confirm what modifications are covered by your insurance policy.
Pack All the Necessary Equipment
The better prepared you are for your off-road trip, the more likely you will have what you need in any case of any kind of emergency. By packing the right equipment, you’ll be prepared to help yourself or someone else if you run into any trouble while off-roading.
Pack all of the following before you go:
- The essentials to make sure you don’t get lost. A GPS is a good start – but a map and a compass will help if you can’t get a signal for your GPS.
- Food and water. If you run into bad weather or an unexpected hazard, you could end up stranded. Having enough food and water will make sure you don’t end up weak and dehydrated.
- A way to keep in touch. A cell phone is a must – but depending on where you are, you may not be able to get service. Bring a CB radio as a backup – and always make sure someone knows where you are going.
- Tools. Bring a flashlight, a shovel, a first aid kit, and a winch or something similar – these will help you out of a lot of sticky situations.
Get to Know the Terrain Before You Go
Check out the terrain before you go, especially if you’re going alone. You can either check it out on foot or with someone else familiar with the area who has a suitable vehicle.
It never hurts to ask around to see if a fellow Jeep lover is experienced with the area. The more information you have going in, the better off you’ll be.
You should make sure you’re aware of the following:
- If there’s any snow, mud or ice.
- If there’s any flowing water
- Where the closest place you can find help is, even if you have to get there on foot.
Check the Weather Forecast
You’ve checked your Jeep is in good shape. You’ve packed the necessary equipment and familiarized yourself with the terrain. Now all you need to do is check the weather forecast before you go.
If you’re going off-roading in the spring, the biggest concern you’ll have is either leftover ice and snow or a lot of water and mud from a spring thaw. Combine that with rain, and you may have everything in place to experience a flash flood.
Water levels can rise quickly, so don’t take any chances. If the weather looks poor, postpone your trip. If it turns bad while you’re out, retrace your steps to get home as soon as possible.
How can an insurance broker help me with insurance for my Jeep?
At Archway Insurance, we’re a local insurance broker who is here for you. We’ve partnered with several jeep clubs to offer a group insurance plan for members.
We’d be happy to talk to you about:
- How much of a discount you’re eligible for.
- What’s covered by our insurance policies.
- What modifications are and aren’t acceptable under our policies.
We pride ourselves on being an insurance broker who wants the best for our clients – whether they are on or off-road!
You’re Ready to Go Off-Roading
Now you know how to make sure you’re all set to go off-roading. We’ve talked about:
- Getting to know what your Jeep can and can’t handle.
- How to pack all the necessary equipment before you go.
- Making sure you familiarize yourself with the terrain you want to explore.
- Checking the weather forecast before you head out.
You also need to make sure you’re adequately insured. At Archway Insurance, we’re an insurance broker who has partnered with local Jeep clubs – so you know we’ve got the experience you need to get you good insurance at the right price.
To learn more about Jeep insurance, call Archway Insurance at 1-833-536-0529 or contact us here for all your insurance needs in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.