Taking a four-wheel drive vehicle onto logging roads or off the beaten path for fun is one of America’s favorite pastimes. Doing so requires a not only a capable vehicle, but awareness of a few safety issues, as well. A major thing to keep in mind is that many people in off-roading areas are inexperienced drivers.

Whether you use your own vehicle or you’re in the habit of grabbing rental trucks to fill your hankering to go for a rowdy ride, it’s extremely important to go prepared for quite a few reasons. Imagine if you crashed and your phone was dead because all your Facebooking drained the battery. Talk about awkward, right? GPS, charged phones for emergency calls, food, water, weather appropriate equipment, tools and spares can all help keep you from experiencing a worst-case-scenario.

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