The sun is shining and you’re making plans for some amazing off-roading adventures this summer. You can smell the mud and the fresh air. We totally understand your excitement. Summer is short and we all want to maximize your outdoor adventure time.
Being smart and being prepared is always a good thing. Here are a few things to think about as you get ready to head out.
- Make sure your first aid kit is stocked and packed.
- Pack some food and water for the ride. It never hurts to take a little extra in case you get stuck on the trail. You might even want to throw in some toilet paper.
- Pack a map, compass or GPS if you’ll be in an area that you’re not familiar with.
- Charge your communication devices and consider taking a power inverter or battery charger.
- Tell someone where you are headed and how long you expect to be gone.
- Pack a basic tool kit in case of break down.
- Make sure all your equipment is in good condition and if you are taking kids, make sure their equipment still fits them.
- Make sure your liability insurance is paid up and in effect. Did you know that in most provinces and states, liability insurance is mandatory?
What does your grandma say? “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” Yes, you can roll your eyes but, she’s right, life can hit fast and accidents do happen. The first aid kit and tool kit can help with the minor stuff but when there’s a major accident you want so make sure your insurance coverage is in place. Off-roading insurance coverage can help cover the cost of repairs to your vehicle. More importantly it provides liability coverage that protects you when and if a third party is involved in the accident. There is nothing worse than a huge bill for medical treatment and rehab following what you imagined would be a fun weekend with friends.
Make this a fun, safe summer by doing some well thought out preparation.