11 Off Road Driving Tips

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Last Updated on June 14, 2022

Off-road driving is always exciting. Isn’t it? But as thrilling as it is, it’s not without risks. There is always the possibility of an accident. In fact, 27% of all fatal crashes involve off road driving, and the injuries that result from them are serious.

So, I used to follow some tips before going off-road driving.

If you want to enjoy driving, then there are a number of tips that can guide you in a better manner. I have collected some off-road driving tips & techniques in this article, which you must keep in mind. So, hang on tight and read them carefully.

11 Off Road Driving Tips You Should Follow

4wd driving off road

1. Perform vehicle inspection

Perform vehicle inspection

Before going to start your trip, make sure that you are done with the inspection with all the general functions of your off road vehicle. You should check your brakes, tires, batteries, gas, fluid, oil, light and also the under-body, etc carefully. Ensure that everything is ok.

Never forget to take the emergency equipment like flares, spare tire, fire extinguisher and tools and first aid kit. It is better to take some dry food and camping equipment. In terms of driving with family, you may need some extra items.

2. Research on selected off road & area

Research on selected off road & area

Before you go off roading, it is a better idea to go through research on your selected area and road. Research whether the area is hill climbing or descending, long grass, Mud, Snow and take enough preparation according to the area.

You may need to follow different approaches on different roads. Find out the length and width of the road. It will help you to drive smoothly.

Be careful about concentrating on your driving and make sure that you have control over the driving. It is a better idea to arrange a tourist guide who can guide you in the proper direction.

You can also check our guide where we talked about famous off-roading destinations in the USA

3. Checking the weather


Before going off-road, you need to make sure that you don’t get caught out in a massive thunderstorm in a creek bed that is now flooding.

I saw many have been caught out by fast-flowing water in the previous time. So check out the weather prediction before going off-road driving.

4. Arrangements for tracking your location

tracking your location

Having arrangements for tracking your location is one of the best tips for off-road driving. Your driving place might not have network coverage.

Inform someone before you go off roading so that they can track you if they are not hearing from you after a certain time. This approach is going to help you if you get stuck for a long time.

5. Lower tire pressure

Lower tire pressure

A properly inflated tire is best when you are going to drive around the town. But when you are going off-road with a high-pressure tire, it means that you will have a rougher ride.

Making tire pressure low is the best idea. Because A low or less pressure can absorb more impact than the higher pressure tire and do not harm your vehicle.

Lower pressure on the tire is important for soft surface drive. Lower pressure provides you with a good grip which needs to avoid getting stuck in the middle of the road. You need to keep in mind that you should not deflate it too much.

6. Speed limit

Speed limit

Always keep one thing in mind, less driving speed leads you toward less damage. Excessive speed is one of the best reasons for an accident. So, always try to drive within a speed limitation and follow the speed meter.

Speed may vary according to the road type. Even if you think that you need 15mph for an obstacle but you do not maintain it. That means you are going to make damage to something or get stuck.

7. Find an alternate route

Finding an alternate route is always a good idea before going off road with your 4wd vehicle. It may happen that you are facing a problem in the route you are traveling and you don’t have any other option without turning back.

Finding an alternative before going off-road will offer you to avoid this kind of difficulty. You may use the alternate route in case you find a problem in the main route.

8. Stay on the trail

Stay on the trail

You know that driving on the previously used paths is possible and it will also make minor damage to the environment. But keep in mind that just because any other person else made it never ensure that you will be also able to do it. It may happen that they had a good vehicle than yours or were skilled and experienced drivers.

9. Walk first and willing to walk back

This harsh situation may create that you are not able to negotiate sand, mud, or other obstacles on your foot, in this situation it is not likely that your vehicle can do it.

Moreover, a water-covered route can be more critical. If you don’t see another vehicle going through it, you can’t be sure that there is not a huge hole hidden. So you need to walk fast in this situation.

Again, do not think about tackling an obstacle unless you’re able to walk to where help awaits. Your phone will be useless when you are going off-road trip. If you haven’t made an earlier arrangement, you may not find anyone to call although there is coverage. You may not find anyone to help you.

In this step, what will be your step? You may need to go back on foot. So take the preparation of willing to walk back.

10. Help yourself

It is a better idea to bring some things along with you that’ll assist you out of small jams such as a high-lift jack, shovel, hand winch, tow strap, snatch strap, snatch block, air compressor, and some wood blocks if you are planning to regularly travel the road less paved.

Still, if you are keen to go farther than you can walk out, then take sufficient stuff like water, extra clothes to survive until somebody finds you out.

11. Tell somebody

Telling somebody before about the place you are going and when you are expecting to return is always a better idea. This will help them to find you if you face any accident and don’t return within time.

Off Road Driving Tips You Should Follow

About the Author: Brian Silvestro

Brian Silvestro is the founder and chief editor of OffroadersArena. He spends his free time tending to his BMW iX SUV and explaining its merits to anyone who'll listen.

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