Is there any one “ideal” season for off-roading? The answer to that question really depends on who is in the driver’s seat and how comfortable he/she is with the physical terrain. Check out the seasonal pros and cons of Jeeping and tell us on Facebook what season you prefer: Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall.
Crawling through the snow dusted hills of Missouri and Illinois can be both breathtaking and exhilarating. At the same time, off-roading in the winter presents some significant challenges. Most trails are not well maintained, if maintained at all, in the winter months and if there is any significant snow accumulation, accurately judging the surrounding surface conditions can be next to impossible.
If you plan to go off-roading in the winter, the experts at Axleboy suggest: sticking to familiar trails, going with a group (or at least with another experienced Jeeper) and go prepared to deal with extreme temperatures. Adding cold and moisture to a familiar trail can change the entire off-road experience and potentially leave your vehicle stranded, so plan ahead and use good judgment.
Spring can a great time to ride. Once the winter frost has passed and the ground begins to thaw, it can be awfully tempting to head out and find the nearest trail. With tree leaves just beginning to bud, and new grass painting the world green, a short ride can be both refreshing and fun.
The only downside to taking a Spring ride may be dealing with frequent rain showers and the resulting mud. We suggest a good set of tires to help maintain traction, a trusty winch and a planned trip to the carwash. Stop by Axleboy or shop our online store for your upgrades today.
With warmer, dryer, summer weather the most popular trails are sure to be packed almost every weekend. If you don’t mind dealing with the heat, humidity and crowds of other Jeepers, or if you have your own secluded sweet spot, Summer may be your ticket to a sweet ride.
The biggest issue we’ve noticed, when riding in the summer, is a lack of adequate preparation. Severe sun-burn , dehydration and heat stroke are more common that most people may suspect. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protein rich food and plenty of water to keep you hydrated.
Cooler weather, fewer bugs and the scenic view of leaves changing color make Fall one of the most popular times to ride the trails. It’s a great time to get outside and enjoy as much of nature as possible before the onslaught of winter.
Much like Summer, trails in the Fall are likely to see a lot of traffic. Some of us are veteran Jeepers and others are just novices, but we’re all out there to have a good time. We suggest a healthy dose of patience. In addition to crowded trails, new fallen foliage may begin to accumulate on the trail. The experts at Axleboy suggest adding a few lbs. of extra weight to your vehicle for increased traction.
Is one season better than all the others? Come by the shop and chat, or leave us a comment on Facebook.