6 Tips for Driving Off-Road

Here are some tips on how to get started on this type of hobby.
Toyota Unveils New TRD Pro Off-Road Package - 4Runner
The 4Runner sure looks awesome ripping through the dirt.

Many people might not consider off-road driving to be part of their routine, but it can be a fun way to stretch your skillset, and there are some great reasons why you should try it. For starters, off-road driving helps you get away from the stresses of everyday life that might otherwise keep you from enjoying yourself, and if you have a long drive ahead, like anything from several hours at a time down to cross-country trips, getting out into the country for even just an hour or two can help make those miles go by more quickly. 

There’s just something about being in nature that refreshes your mind and puts life in a better perspective.

Here are some tips on how to get started on this type of hobby.

1. Obtain the Proper Equipment  

This includes a robust set of tires, a high-clearance suspension system for your vehicle with an adjustable shock absorber setting to control wheel travel, and height clearance between your vehicle’s body and the ground. TCS Upfitting offers a comprehensive range of upgrades to ensure you have the proper equipment for off-roading.

2. Learn Off-Road Skills  

Badlands Off-Road offers several helpful tips that can help you get started with off-roading, such as proper maneuvering techniques, how to maintain stability, and how to operate all your equipment. These are four essential factors in driving off-road.

3. When Driving in the Forest    

When you drive in the forest, be sure to choose trails that are wide enough for your vehicle to pass through without getting stuck or damaging any trees or plants. You should also endeavor to stay on existing trails rather than creating new ones for yourself. Over time, you’ll learn about these trails and which ones are best for your purposes.

4. Set Yourself Up for Fun

Having enough water, food, and drinks on hand will help you have a good time off-road. If you run into a situation where your vehicle won’t run, you should be prepared with the tools to fix it with some basic mechanical knowledge.

5. Be Safe on the Road

Be careful where you drive and know your limits so that you don’t get hurt or injured while trying something new. You can always walk away or hop in another vehicle to get back to civilization if things go awry on your first adventure out in the forested area where you decided to venture off-road driving.

6. Stay on the Trail.   

If you’re exploring a new trail, don’t drive off it unless you know where it’s going or if it loops back around to a known and safe area. Going off-road can be very dangerous in some cases, so you should always exercise caution when doing it and stick to trails that are known and safe.

There are many risks involved with driving off-road, but you can mitigate them by using the proper equipment along with your knowledge of the terrain and how to operate a vehicle in such conditions.

Tom Brown
Tom Brown is an automotive market enthusiast living in the United States. He holds a diverse background in automotive marketing and enjoys utilizing that to produce insights into the inner workings of the industry.