Here at LINE-X Inland Northwest, we are privileged to live in one of the most beautiful states in the country, Idaho. We have pristine forests, great rivers and streams, and mountains that are just beckoning us to conquer them. It’s an ideal location to take your family off-roading.
In our last blog post, we introduced the idea of taking your family off-roading. In this blog post, we’ll continue our series by offering more tips for you to take your family off-roading. Remember, LINE-X Inland Northwest in Coeur d’Alene offers the best in off-road and truck accessories, from wheels and tires to cargo management systems and tool boxes. Browse our selection online today!
MORE TIPS ON HOW TO TAKE YOUR FAMILY OFF-ROADING
Off-roading is about having fun as a family together. Off-roading is the perfect family activity to pick up where there are no screens involved which allows your you to spend some quality time with your family. Below, we offer up more tips on how to do just that.
When you go off-roading, you want your family involved. One way to do this is to assign jobs to each person. While one person drives, one person can be looking ahead, trying to spot the best line the driver can take. One person can be in charge of the cooler, getting out snacks and drinks when needed. Another person can be in charge of deciding trails if the situation warrants it. Furthermore, the kids can take turns riding up front with the driver. This will help them to learn the trails, how to tackle obstacles, such as big boulders, and picking lines. Plus, it’s just fun when you get to ride up front.
When you are out in nature, there is so much to see and to learn about. Use four-wheeling and off-roading as an opportunity to teach your kids about the history, geography, geology, biology, and their own culture. Many off-roading trails will pass old, abandoned houses and shacks. Stop and see these if at all possible. They may pass ghost towns and abandoned mine shacks as well — a perfect opportunity to get in some great local history lessons. LINE-X Inland Northwest in Coeur d’Alene notes that you’ll see animals that you can talk and learn about, and you’ll also get to see an amazing variety of plant life, such as wildflowers. Teach your kids that everything (even the rocks) has a story just waiting to be discovered.
If you’ve ever been four-wheeling or off-roading in some pretty gnarly places, such as Moab, you know that the trails can be dicey at best to downright scary. Your kids and family are at your mercy, and this is a great opportunity to build trust in the relationship. Even if you have mechanical problems or get a flat tire out on the trail, you can still learn from it and call it a great memory. Life is an adventure, and you are teaching that lesson to your kids, as well as how to handle adversity, in the best way possible — through doing it together.
While you are out on the trails, enjoying your family time together, you still have to be mindful of others — and showing your family how to do so is another great lesson to learn. There are some common rules of the trails to be aware of:
- If you are going downhill and someone else is coming uphill, you will yield the right-of-way to the person going uphill because this is normally harder and requires more momentum.
- While passing another group of off-roaders, usually someone has to yield in order to get by on the trail. Those yielding need to pull over to the edge of the trail as far as possible, and then use hand signals to let the other drivers know how many vehicles are behind you. This would be the number of fingers you hold up. A closed fist represents the number zero and that there is no one behind you.
- Driving at dusk, dawn, or at night where natural light is limited will require some sort of headlight from you. With the advent of LED lights and light bars, you can have a ton of light power. Just like when you are driving on the road, turn some off or dim these lights that can blind other drivers when passing.
Combine Camping with Off-Roading
Because of the fact that off-roading tends to take you to out-of-the-way places, many people love to combine off-roading with camping. Whether you are modern campers and use a camper, which affords all of the modern conveniences of home, or you are a tent-lover and can’t wait to set up your tent and sleep under the stars, camping while four-wheeling is a great way to extend your stay and see more of the countryside.
LINE-X Inland Northwest in Coeur d’Alene explains that the key for camping while off-roading, again, is preparation. You’ll need to pack everything you will need for camping, including the tent, sleeping bags, air mattresses, fuel, food, drinks, stove, coffee (essential for most of us), wipes, paper towels, and anything else you may want, such as a good reading book.
Camping and off-roading adds a whole other element and dynamic to the mix, and as a family event, can be even more fun and memorable.
Extra Clothes and Blankets
Most off-road terrain vehicles are open-aired, meaning that you are exposed to the elements in some way. It’s important while off-roading to be prepared for the change in weather conditions that can happen at a moment’s notice, especially in the mountains. You’ll need to pack extra clothes and blankets, and keep these handy if you have kids who can’t hold their body heat like adults can. Extra shoes can be helpful, especially if you know you are going someplace where there are water crossings.
The most important part of off-roading with the family is having fun. Sure, you’ll probably have your squabbles, being cooped up in a vehicle for hours on-end, but in the long run, you all will have an amazing time, see part of this amazing country, and just enjoy being alone together and away from the fracas life sometimes can be. Off-roading is a growing family activity that is worth your consideration for all of the amazing benefits it affords.
HOW LINE-X INLAND NORTHWEST IN COEUR D’ALENE HELPS WITH YOUR OFF-ROADING ADVENTURE
LINE-X Inland Northwest in Coeur d’Alene loves seeing families go off-roading together. It’s a great activity that can stir the soul. We offer the best truck accessories and spray-on bedliners to help you on your off-roading adventures. Our LINE-X coating is the best in the business, offering superior durability and protection from the elements, not to mention its aesthetic value is over-the-top amazing. Our bedliner is made from a scientifically-advanced formula that is VOC-free and resists stains from harsh chemicals. We also offer lifestyle products to go along with your brand new spray-on bedliner, such as tonneau covers, step bars, floor liners, off-road wheels and tires, and more.
For all of your off-roading needs, LINE-X Inland Northwest in Coeur d’Alene has got you covered. Visit us either in person or online today!