Guide to Off-Road Night Driving
Off-roading is a unique experience, however, many people are unaware that it’s even an option. For skillful riders with a limited trail selection, this is definitely worth trying out. However, it is important to note that nighttime riding comes with a lot of challenges. As such, you’ll need to take some precautions to ensure your safety during the trip.
Go with Someone
We recommend you don’t go on the trails at night alone. Either ride with someone or have them follow you in another vehicle. You should travel with another person because if you run into normal off-roading issues, such as getting stuck, it’ll be harder to tend to in the dark. Plus, you can’t rely on your cell phone service to always get you the help you need. Further, if you were to suffer an injury, your companion can look over you and vice versa.
Have Plenty of Lights
An important aspect of off-roading at night is having enough light. Many off-roading vehicles have add-ons which you can purchase. For example, Jeep Wrangler JK accessories include various lighting options that can help keep you safe. The more lights you have on your Jeep, the better it will be to navigate through the darkness. We also recommend you bring personal lighting, such as a flashlight, in case you have to make a repair. As you drive at night, you’ll also want to look out for animals and other people who may be on the trail.
Take It Slow
Off-roading is the opposite of racing—it’s all about overcoming the challenges the trail may have to offer. To remain as safe as possible, drive slow over any obstacles so your vehicle can handle them successfully. Don’t try anything you haven’t done before during the day at night. The best thing you can do is to use great caution during your trip.