Ultimate Off-Road Guide for New Jeep Owners
The Faricy Boys want to be the first to welcome you to the Jeep family of drivers. As you begin to explore with your Jeep brand vehicle, you will immediately realize that you have entered into a community of drivers that is as unique as you are. No other automotive brand carries with it the amount of proud history, culture, and community that Jeep does. When you signed on the dotted line at your Jeep dealer in Colorado Springs, you likely thought you were purchasing a mode of transportation – which was only part way true. The second half of the truth is much deeper than that, and as you continue to drive your brand new Jeep, you will come to realize what is means when we tell you that you are now a part of a community.
The Jeep Community
The camaraderie between Jeep owners is hard to explain in actual terms. The community that takes place between one Jeep driver to the next is better felt than explained, which is one of the reasons why so many new Jeep owners are surprised at just how connected they feel to others behind the wheel of these iconic vehicles.
From a semi-secret wave, to an online off-road interface of enthusiasts, the Jeep community is more connected today than ever before. The most common way for Jeep drivers to connect here in Colorado, is via off-road adventures. The mountains that surround us are dotted with trails ranging in difficulty level and the amount of bravery required to conquer them. Whether you are a seasoned off-road expert, or are just beginning to get your four-wheel-drive feet wet, it is always a good idea to remember the importance of safety and awareness.
What You Need to Know Before You Hit the Trails
Heading off-road in your new Jeep here in Colorado is much, much different than exploring trails elsewhere in the United States. If you are from Wisconsin, for example, there are a whole new set of rules you need to follow before conquering the great Rocky Mountains. Regardless of how confident you are in your off-road abilities, it is a good idea to continue to refresh your knowledge and skills on a regular basis. Discover ways that you can stay safe while keeping confident as you head out on the mountain trails this year.
- Come Prepared: This may seem like an obvious first step, but seasoned off-road adventurers often skip this step as they become more confident in their abilities. Don’t neglect this important step, because even the most self-assured driver can end up slipping if they aren’t careful. Run through this checklist before heading out on any off-road excursion. The ten minutes it may take you is worth avoiding the headache it can cause if you skip it:
- Ensure your battery is fastened tightly in place
- Check to make sure your hoses are in good condition
- Top off any fluids that are getting low – this includes oil, fuel, and windshield wiper solution
- Check your tire pressure and look for anything that has the potential to cause problems
- Bring a companion – this is especially important when exploring new and unfamiliar areas
- Bring snacks and water in case you are out longer than expected
- Be Proactive: Whether you are on a trail you visit every day, or are setting out on a new trail altogether, be aware of your surroundings and your vehicle the entire time.
- Engage your Jeep’s 4WD whenever you think you may need it, it’s better to err on the side of caution rather than get stuck
- Keep an eye on all four tires and constantly scan the hood to make sure you are aware of what is approaching and what you may encounter to avoid trouble
- As tempting as it may be to stick your head out your window, keep all body parts inside your Jeep. A tree, limb, or protruding rock face can “come out of nowhere,” and you don’t want one of those to catch you by surprise – trust us.
- Keep your hands securely on the steering column with your thumbs pointed up, away from the spokes on the wheel.
- Easy Does It: Overconfidence can be great in certain situations, but off-roading isn’t one of them. Take it easy out there, and don’t be a show off. Keep your speed low, as well as your gears. A low gear along with a low speed will allow your Jeep to conquer rough obstacles safely. It may come as a surprise, but on a lot of trails, the average speed is less than 10 miles per hour and oftentimes much less than that.
- Be Respectful: Just because your Jeep vehicle is capable of going anywhere, doesn’t mean it should. Be respectful of all posted signs, and avoid areas that are not designated for off-road purposes. The last thing you need is a ticket for digging up protected land or leaving trash behind. If you aren’t sure whether or not an area is approved for off-roading, you should likely skip it. There are plenty of other areas set aside for these adventures – find those instead.
Ensure Your Vehicle is Off-Road Ready
Jeep brand vehicles are designed for off-road adventuring, but that doesn’t mean your particular Jeep is ready to hit the trails right out of the dealer lot. Be sure that your Jeep has the Trail Rated Badge, and that it is equipped with four-wheel drive. All Trail Rated Jeep vehicles offer 4WD, traction for climbing steep hills, water fording capabilities for crossing varying water depths, adaptability for navigating narrow paths, and an articulation system to ensure that all four wheels are on a level ground.
Jeep vehicles are uniquely qualified to conquer all of your off-road endeavors when properly equipped, so be sure to visit The Faricy Boys in Colorado Springs if you aren’t sure that your vehicle is off-road ready, or if you want to purchase one that is. Either way, endless adventures await, as well as a community of drivers who share in your restless spirit – go join them.
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