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Jeep Off-roading Starter Guide

Have you grown tired of all of the same roads, streets, and highways you drive every day of your life? Are you sick of seeing the same houses, the same stores, and the same street signs? Is familiarity starting to weigh down on you as you wish for a more adventurous path to tread?

Variety is the spice of life, so they say, and things can get a bit dreary if you don’t see some new sights every now and again. Really, how excited can you be to go to the grocery store after all of these years? If you’re bored of the humdrum and the doldrums, drive to the beat of a different drum and head off-road.

If you’re interested in off-roading, especially Jeep off-roading or Dodge Ram off-roading, we wanted to take a few minutes to create a quick and helpful starter guide. Off-roading is fun and exciting, but it can be a bit dangerous until you get the hang of it. Follow this guide to safely enjoy Canada trails in your vehicle.

Start slow

You may be used to a few potholes here and there on your daily drives, but off-roading introduces unstable and uneven terrain, rocks, holes, and plenty more than can ruin your suspension, axels, and the underbelly of the vehicle. Be careful when you go off-roading and take your time; drive slowly to avoid any catastrophic damage.

Learn the trail(s)

If it’s at all possible, check out your off-roading destination before you begin to note any massive dips, ruts, and ravines that may be waiting for you. You don’t want to find out the hard way that what you thought was a shallow mud puddle is actually a lot deeper and end up stuck. You should also make sure your vehicle is ready for the road or lack thereof.

Know your vehicle

Not all vehicles are meant to go off-road. Even the ones that are ideal for off-roading, such as Jeeps, should still be serviced prior to your trip to avoid any costly damage. Knowing the height of your vehicle is imperative to keep the underbelly safe and secure. You may also want to consider adding a lift-kit to your vehicle for additional height clearance.

As always, check your fluid levels, brake pads and lines, and all other components; you don’t want to break down in the mud, miles from civilization.

Keep an eye on the weather

We know how cold it gets in the winter in Ontario; the ground will likely be frozen if you choose to go off-roading sooner rather than later; make sure to not go when it’s snowing out as your visibility will be greatly reduced. Once the warmer months hit and snow turns back to rain, it’s a best practice to monitor the weather so you don’t get caught in any floods. Rain can be the difference between a shallow or raging river you might need to cross.

Prepare for the trip

Make sure you have external phone chargers, a GPS, water, food, an emergency road-side kit, and blankets. It’s better to have it and not need it in the event of a breakdown where you’re left stranded. It’s also recommended to take a friend with you; buddy up!

Get the right vehicle for the job

If you’re considering off-roading as a hobby, but don’t have the vehicle for the task yet, come down to our Ontario Jeep and Dodge dealership to find the perfect vehicle for you. We have a full lineup of Jeep and Dodge Ram models that are sure to please. Contact us today for more information, or visit our online showroom and get pre-approved for financing to get your new Jeep or Dodge even faster!