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Driving/Offroading Tips

- Fuel Limitations: Always know how much fuel you have. Plan accordingly to the length of your trip. Without enough fuel, you will be stuck until someone helps.


-Stay together: Always stay with your party. If you become separated, wait for them or meet at a designated meeting spot.


-Travel with someone: It is a very good idea to travel with someone. Your chances of getting stranded are significantly reduced when you travel with another vehicle.


- Clay surface roads: Roads with a clay surface can become a real problem during a rainy period. With lots of rain, they become soft making driving on them difficult.


-Mines, tunnels, caves, and primitive structures: Never enter a mine! Although it may appear safe, deadly gases may be present. Primitive structures such as mining remnants should also not be entered as they may be unstable. While you should use caution, still enjoy exploring these neat areas.


-Water crossings:  Crossing water should only be done at designated points, such as along a trail. Also, analyze the situation. Try to find out the depth of the water by using a long stick. When crossing, allow the most advanced rider to go first, then if they are successful, follow their path. The key is to just keep moving. By doing this, you create a small wake in front of the car/quad allowing you to cross deep water. Turn back if the water is quick moving or too deep as it could result in danger of everyone in the vehicle.


-Hills: Hills can be tricky. When going up steep hills, make sure you take the path of least resistance in order to successfully make it up the hill. Make sure you also know the type of trail it is. Loose dirt and rocks can make climbing a hill difficult. If you are on a quad, lean forward and even use a cable to ensure safety climbing a hill. Going downhill can also be a small challenge. Try not to over-use the breaks. Use engine at times to slow the vehicle down. If you begin to slide, turn into the direction of the slide in order to correct it. Use extreme caution when climbing rocky, steep, and narrow shelf roads!


-Washboard roads: Washboard roads are a natural part of off-roading. While the bumps cannot be avoided, they can be reduced. Try slowing down or speeding up. If this does not help, then just tough it out.


-Tippy conditions: Tippy trails should be used with caution. While it may seem you are on the verge of tipping, you would be suprised at how far your vehicle can actually lean without rolling over.


-Blind curves: Blind curves are tight turns in which you cannot see the other side. Use caution by going around these by sticking toward the right side of the trail. Also, expect the worse, there could be a truck moving quickly around the curve, but nine times out of ten there isn't. Be careful around these turns and listen for ATV's and motorcycles (which can usually be heard).


-Washouts: Also refered to as ditches on this site, washouts are points on the trail in which it has literally 'washed away'. These are the result of heavy rain or rockslides. Stay as far away as possible from these areas especially when on high roads.


-Large obstacles: Large obstacles can be a challenge, however, if you take your time manuvering, you can make it over it. With large rocks, simply stack rocks to make the obstacle not as high. Again, pick the path of least resistance and you can make it over nearly anything.


-Sand: Sand is frequent all across trails in Arizona. Trails inevitabely cross numerious washes. However, by maintaining a somewhat high speed, you can easily pass through a gravely wash. Airing down your tires and steering back and forth will improve your ride through a sandy wash.