If you’re a seasoned off-roader and want to experience off-roading in a whole new light, drive at night. Just like with any excursion, it’s important to prep before you hit the trail. And when it comes to off-roading at night, you’ve got a lot of factors to consider.
Get ready for a new level of adventure. Find out what you should do before off-roading at night.
1. Learn the Trail
The key difference between off-roading at night versus the day is limited visibility. The darkness makes it hard to see trail features. So, for your safety and to make the trip less confusing, you should learn what you can about the trail before you head out.
Do your research about key features of the trail, including challenging difficulties and the layout. If your trail is included in the Jeep Badge of Honor program, you can use the program app to learn more about the trail. Looking at pictures people have taken on the trail and reading about other’s experiences can inform your drive.
2. Upgrade Your Lights
Overcome the darkness by modifying your headlights, which is one of the most popular aesthetic mods for Jeeps. Changing your headlights enhances your Jeep’s aggressive appearance.
Upgrading your lights will improve your time on the trail. For example, LED light bars makes off-roading more fun by increasing the coverage on the ground ahead. Depending on the lighting you install, you can use your light bar as flood lights or spotlights to focus on specific areas.
Consider upgrading your roof lights, side lighting, and reverse lights, too. And don’t forget to bring flashlights and a headlamp in case you need to get out of your rig or make some repairs.
3. Plan to Go With a Friend
Finally, ride the trail with a friend in a separate vehicle. This decreases your chance of getting stranded overnight. If something happens to your vehicle, you have a backup vehicle to rely on. Your friend can pull your vehicle, help you perform repairs, or give you a ride. And if you get hurt, your friend can help you get to safety or receive medical attention.
4. Let Someone Know Your Plans
The final thing you should do before off-roading at night is notify someone else, such as a friend or family member, of your plans. Let them know where you’re going and what time you plan to be back. Tell them the time you plan to be back from your trip and tell them you’ll check in with them when you return.