View Full Version : Winter Wheeling Tips for Newbies

01-05-2013, 08:58 AM
Some people think snow wheeling is the best kind there is! If this is your first time wheeling in the snow just make sure youíre preparing for it.

First: Do not go alone! Always have a couple other vehicles with you. An organized 4x4 club winter run is great first trail ride. Use good common sense & prepare for everything you can. It helps to tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Second clothes: Donít be a frostbite victim; make sure you dress for the weather. Do not think because youíve a good vehicle heater you donít have to prepare as much, there will be time you have to get out (Broke, someone else broke, stuck, someone else stuck, ect.).
Have plenty of clothes for your passengers which includes any pets. Bring extra Dry clothes as you never know what might happen. The difference in wet vs dry clothing cannot be overstated. Wet clothes in cold can lead to bad things fast!
Don't wear cotton, it absorbs moisture. Look into fabrics like polypropylene, it wicks moisture away from the body. You can get it inexpensively from box stores, but the really good stuff is made by Patagonia and The North Face.
Good Boots & Wool socks are a must in my book.

Third Vehicle: Make sure youíre off road vehicle has all its maintenance done and you've it in top shape. Snow driving can stress parts much more than other times of the year. Make sure your gas tank if full, as the gas pedal is used more in the snow. Lower tire pressure helps in the snow, were talking single digits; however losing a bead is not fun.

Forth Supplies: Bring as much recovery gear as you can carry! Tow straps, or snap straps are a common item on winter runs. Bring a shovel, blanket, water, and food. Tarps are always a good idea too as you can use them to keep your cloths dry when lying in the snow. Chains are ok for later in the season, when the snow is hard packed and ice.

Fifth Driving: If you can't go up hill, do not go downhill. If you lose forward momentum, donít stay on the gas. Youíll just make ice or dig yourself a bigger hole to get out of, so back up and hit it again. Most of the time it is easier to be pulled out the way you went in to the snow. Be alert, the snow can grab a tire quick and send you off your track. Top floatation is key, but there are times when you've got to hammer down

Sixth Weather: Expect the weather to change fast. Keep up to date on the forecast.

Snow: Itís rumored that Eskimos have about 100 words for snow. There are even more ways to drive in it!

This is not wilderness survival, so if you want to learn that go here: Link http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/winter/wintcamp.pdf