Here is a list of some of the things to do before heading out on your first offroad adventure. Join a 4WD Club – they are a great place to find mates to go with you and also a good place to find driving courses. Do a driving course – You will learn a lot about the right way to drive and also learn about the limits of your vehicle. Find someone to go driving with. An experienced driver is important if something happens. Grab a map of the area. Good offroad maps can make the difference between getting lost for hours. On the day get a full tank of fuel – there is nothing worse than get a bit ‘geographically embarrassed’ and running out of fuel. Check the weather conditions – There may be a lot of difference between a track when it is wet and dry. Grab plenty of food and water – If you get stuck somewhere it is one less thing to worry. Pack for the conditions – the further away from civilization, the more contingencies you will need to be prepared from. Here is a list of things you may need. Pick a track that is right for your experience level and vehicle. As in all things, remember that prior preparation prevents poor performance. With a little bit of planning your first day out should be great fun! Patriot.