Winter wheeling preperation
Written: October 14, 2011
Many off-road enthusiasts, including myself, enjoy planned snow runs. Others endure the occasional snow run on their commute to and from work, as I used to when I lived in the Midwest. Whether you plan a trip to the snow or simply have to get from point A to point B, it's important to "go prepared" when you take your vehicle out during the winter. However, you want to make sure you and your rig are ready for winter before
the snow flies.
If you've got a winch
, now's a good time to make sure it's in tip-top shape. Inspect the winch line for any kinks, frays, or other possible problems. If the winch line
is damaged, it should be replaced. If it does looks good, you may want to take the time to rewind the winch line to help prevent any future spooling problems when you're in the cold and snow. Also, if you're having issues with the winch or know the insides are packed with mud or other contaminates, you may want to have it serviced so it's ready to go when needed.
Switching over to a dedicated winter tire can be a great choice for many drivers. Winter tires are made from a different rubber compound that is more suited to colder temperatures allowing for improved grip. They also have a unique tread pattern made to chew through the snow. Snow tires wear the severe service "snowflake" emblem on the tire's sidewall. FYI, some off road tires are already rated for winter duty (look for the mountain/snowflake emblem).
Many off-road enthusiasts carry a shovel
with them whenever they venture off the pavement--winter or not. On a snow run, however, a shovel can be an extremely important tool. Even a small shovel, such as the one pictured here, is better than having to dig out with just your hands or improvised "shovels."
Whether you're snow wheeling or just driving to work in the winter, it's always a good idea to keep a blanket, extra food and water, extra winter clothing
, and a first-aid kit in the vehicle. After all, there are many factors to going prepared other than having the right equipment on your vehicle.
What are some of your winter preparedness tips?
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