When you have Moab and all the off-roading opportunities at your fingertips, it’s a shame not to use them. This side of Utah draws avid rock crawlers, jeepers and other off-road junkies from all over and Dixie 4 Wheel Drive is delighted to be where it all happens.
During our numerous off-roading adventures, we have seen just about every emergency there is so we know how useful an off-roading emergency kit is in mitigating any trouble you might run into. Other than the kit, we recommend taking your vehicle to a 4×4 full-service auto shop for inspection to ensure that it’s trail-ready.
Here are a few must-haves to take with you on your off-roading trips:
Basic Personal Essentials
Take extra food and water with you- about a gallon per person, per day and double the amount of food just in case you get stuck in the wilderness. Also bring along water purification tablets, a heavy-duty flashlight, weather appropriate clothing, emergency blankets, sunscreen, bug repellant, a hat and a stocked first-aid kit.
Basic Tool Kit
Don’t hit the trail without a basic 4×4 toolkit that includes a ratchet, hammer or mallet, a wrench and socket set and a tire repair kit. Put together a custom tool-kit depending on how often you break parts of your rig.
Spare tire and Jack – The spare tire should be aired up and the same size as your other tires. Ensure that you know how to use the jack too.
Tow Strap – to help pull you out of tight spots.
Tree Saver – slightly different from a tow strap, the tree saver wraps around a tree for leverage to assist your vehicle out of trouble.
Portable Utility Shovel – this will help you dig out stuck tires, pile up gravel for traction, fill in holes or move dirt.
Fire Extinguisher –taking your 4-wheeler on a trail run exposes it to extreme climate, conditions and temperatures that can cause sparking or overheating of parts. An easily accessible fire extinguisher cans save both you and your vehicle.
Spare Keys– Keys have a habit of getting lost or falling into crevices out on the trail. Having another set handy means you won’t be locked out of your rig and stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Maps, Compass & GPS – It’s always a good idea to have a physical map of the area you’re exploring as well as a compass/GPS to help you find your way.
Communication Devices – Most off-roaders prefer using a CB radio on the trail but bring along a cell phone or GMRS/FRS radios and a power inverter or battery recharger for them.
Flares and reflectors– Reflectors will keep you visible while flares will help pinpoint your location in case you get separated from your group.
Dixie 4 Wheel Drive promotes safe off-roading and our fully-equipped auto repair shop in Moab is always open to help you sort out repairs, maintenance and anything else your rig might need.