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Outdoors with Lauren: Off-Roading


Heading out into the woods off-roading is always an adventure but it can turn into a disaster very quickly if you're not prepared for every scenario.

Jerry Stephens is the chief communications officer for the Wisconsin Off-highway Vehicle Association. He teaches a "Jeep 101" class for beginners. He says he loves to see that initial spark of enjoyment for the sport.

"I get them out in the woods and I show them obstacles and how to properly cross them without damaging their vehicle," Stephens said. "They get very excited over that and really enjoy getting out in the woods. It's really a pleasure to watch them get all wide eyed about what their Jeep can do."

But that excitement ends when you inevitably get stuck.

"Safety is the number one priority, absolutely," Stephens said. "When we get into a situation when we will winch the first thing we do is look at the safe and proper way to do it."

Stephens says that the self-recovery is actually really simple if you have the right gear.

"Right now I have the WARN winch on the front of my vehicle because I feel that it's a dependable winch," Stephens said. 

Once the self-recovery process is complete, The fun can continue.

"I do it because I love the woods. I really enjoy being out here."

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