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Tom Severin

Maintain Proper Distance Off-Road

Appropriate distance for safe off-road four wheelingAs a rule of thumb, you should be far enough back to at least see the other guy’s rear differential. (If the differential is just visible above your hood, you’re about 17 feet away.) Any closer than that, and everything between you and the other vehicle is in a blind spot. You never see the difficult obstacles so you can pick a line. And you won’t have time to react if need be. Back off so you have a better view of the trail and obstacles ahead. Tailgating is a real problem on dusty roads—you can’t see squat. There could be a washout or deep rut up ahead, and you wouldn’t see it until it’s too late. As soon as you see the driver ahead kicking up dust, back off. Stay behind the dust cloud, and monitor that to determine how the other driver is responding to conditions ahead. (Another advantage to staying back is that you’ll be able to enjoy the scenery.) You’re probably wondering, aren’t the drivers communicating with each other? Maybe, but maybe not. A good 2-way radio is indispensable in these circumstances. That’s why I always require a 2-way radio in each vehicle during my off road trips. CB is fine, but I’ve found that FRS radios perform well. The lead driver lets everyone know of obstacles, blind curves, oncoming vehicles, and other issues. During my trips, I ask the last driver (my “tail gunner”) to acknowledge my broadcast. That way I know it’s been received properly. Any vehicle that didn’t hear my message will likely hear the follow-up transmission. In addition to keeping an eye on the vehicle ahead, drivers should occasionally glance in the mirror to make sure the trailing vehicle is still in view. If not, he should contact the driver. (Of course, it’s also important for the driver in distress to speak up when he gets in a bind.) I can’t stress enough that you must keep your 2-way radio on and any distracting noises to a minimum. Turn down the commercial radio and your iPod. You should be focused on the road ahead and any instructions coming over the 2-way radio. When you’re the lead driver, remind the others to keep their trailing vehicle in sight. If each driver does this, no one loses a vehicle when the driving gets tough. Even with reliable communications, verify that the trailing vehicle is still behind you after you take that fork in the trail or make some other change. Any drivers really focused on the obstacle just ahead can forget a set of instructions they heard moments before. Similarly, if your vehicle encounters a problem, make sure you get on the radio. The vehicles ahead and behind should stop. If everyone is looking out for the guy behind, the entire caravan will soon stop. Address your problem, and resume the drive. It all boils down to teamwork and trust, with every driver knowing and adhering to protocol.##########################Related Articles from Badlands Off-road Adventures

What Causes Wash Board Roads?10 Rules of Trail EtiquetteWeather to GoRespect Your Teammates. Arrive Prepared.Meet At The Trailhead, And Caravan In From ThereDid you miss the previous article?  I hope to see you on the trails! Tom Severin, PresidentBadlands Off Road Adventures, Inc.4-Wheel Drive School 310-613-5473http://www.4x4training.com Make it Fun. Keep it Safe.

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John Stewart

Mammoth Boulder Wheels Giveaway

ExtremeTerrain Boulder Wheels GiveawayExtremeTerrain is giving away a set of Mammoth Boulder Wheels for your Wrangler!  Stand Out On The Trail With A Set Of Boulder Wheels!

MALVERN, PA (April 24th, 2015) - ExtremeTerrain has partnered with Mammoth on their latest awesome giveaway! The Mammoth Boulder Wheel Giveaway will give one lucky winner a free set of 5 Mammoth Boulder Wheels. This is one of the best ways to upgrade the style of the Jeep Wrangler. The aggressive 5 spoke design is a twist on a classic design, and looks great on any Jeep. Whether it’s a daily driver or a dedicated trail rig, these wheels will be sure to turn heads. The wheels come in two different styles and three different colors, so there’s a combination for every Jeep.

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John Stewart

Regular to Rugged Giveaway!

Rugged Ridge Prize Package

ExtremeTerrain is giving away a Rugged Ridge Prize Pack worth $500

MALVERN, Pa (March 12, 2015) - ExtremeTerrain is very excited to have partnered with Rugged Ridge for their latest giveaway. The Rugged Ridge Prize Pack Giveaway includes some awesome Jeep accessories, both stylish and functional. A 13.5’’ LED Light Bar, grab handles, front seat protectors, and front and rear floor mats are all included. With $500 in merchandise, one lucky winner will get to take their Wrangler from Regular to Rugged!

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John Stewart

Giveaway: Mammoth Jeep Upgrade Giveaway

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ExtremeTerrain has partnered with Mammoth 4x4 for our next big giveaway!

ExtremeTerrain and Mammoth 4x4 are very excited to work together to give one lucky winner a complete Jeep upgrade. The winner can be either a Jeep TJ or Jeep JK owner and will receive a lift kit and a wheel and tire kit including control arms and lug nuts; everything you need to upgrade your Wrangler. In total that is around $2,500 in parts! In order to enter, participants should fill out the entry form on ExtremeTerrain.com. Contest ends October 31, 2014.

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Tom Severin

Top 10 Fears of New 4WD Owners

Stuck Forever Results of Stuck forever.
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Driving off road presents a host of challenges for any driver. Four wheeling can be especially intimidating for new drivers. Those initial concerns are understandable. It takes off-road experience to build skillset and confidence.

If you’ve considered going off road but are reluctant to do so, relax. The following information should convince you take up the hobby. While you are reading this remember: in town, you can be in a pile-up as the result of other driver’s errors and actions. Off-road in almost every instance the driver made the decision and judgment that lead to his predicament.

After years of talking with new 4-wheel drive owners, here is my perception of the Top 10 Fears of newer drivers, and what to do about them.
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