Muddy, bumpy, rough and wet terrain is a common occurrence if you have a 4WD and are looking for an off-road adventure. This environment, however, can oftentimes cause some major problems to your vehicle. The thing is, when it comes to off-roading, danger lurks from every corner (or rather every bush) if you are not prepared properly, as it is pretty much an adrenaline-driven hobby. Although adventure is an integral part of off-riding, no one should go unequipped just for the fun of it. Having all this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the tools you’ll need for your next adventure off the beaten trail.
It can get tricky and messy real quick if you are not carrying a high lift jack or in this case a 4wd jack. This tool has the sole purpose of getting your vehicle out of any muddy situation, which makes it a must-have in your arsenal. Nowadays, jacks are well regulated – with the maximum legal working limit in Australia being 1050kg, which makes them safer to use than ever.
The fun and good time you are having can sometimes be interrupted by a minor accident that may result in an injury. For that very reason, you need to have in your vehicle a fully packed medical kit at all times. Yours and the safety of your passengers is a top priority when off-roading, so you need to have all first aid kit basics and know when and how to use them.
Next is the fire extinguisher – it should preferably go on the side of your roof cage so that you keep it within your arm’s reach and be able to quickly get it in worst-case scenarios. The best option is to get a B and C rated fire extinguisher because that one is meant to safely prevent fire from both liquids and electrical equipment.
The air compressor is another tool you need to have when your tire gets deflated and you are in the middle of nowhere. So, instead of replacing your flat tire with your spare one, you can use the air compressor and make it functional again so that you can safely reach your destination. That way, you can still keep your brand new tire in the back of your 4WD in case you need it further down the road.
Safety Is Key
When traveling off the beaten trail, staying safe is of the utmost importance. For that reason, having all of the above-mentioned tools (a 4wd jack, a medical kit, a fire extinguisher, and an air compressor) at hand is a great starting point. After all, what’s the point of going away to rest for a couple of days if you don’t feel safe, right? You know what they say – it’s better to be safe than sorry!