Off-Roading Tips for Beginners


Jeep Off-roading is not an activity that only professional drivers can participate in, it is something that normal everyday people can enjoy and compete in.  The only required items that the driver must have is an off-road ready vehicle and a sense of adventure.  But for someone who is a beginner, the sport may be a bit intimidating, this is why we’re here, to offer you some simple tips that will help make your first off-road adventure fun and not stressful.


The first thing beginning drivers need to pay attention to while out on the trails is the speed at which you are driving.  Maintaining constant momentum, while driving is one of the most important things in off-road driving.  Being able to control your momentum is crucial to making it successfully through tough driving conditions such as mud and sand.

The next thing you should be aware of is which gear to use in certain circumstances.  Four-wheel drive is best used when one or more of your tires may come off the ground during the course of driving.  If the trail you are driving on is primarily smooth rock, sand, gravel or ice you should use all-wheel drive.  This will provide you with the handling and flexibility needed to successfully drive on these terrains.

Jeep off-road driving requires that your vehicle have a tough and sturdy suspension.  Many off-road drivers prefer to use softly sprung and dampened long-travel suspension systems to ensure that their vehicle stays in contact with the ground at all times.  It is mainly the choice of the driver as to which type of suspension system they prefer, if you are not sure if your suspension is adequate simply ask someone at your local shop or another experienced driver.

These are only a few of the many things beginners should be aware of, but as with many other activities experience is the only way that you can become a skilled Jeep off-road driver.  When you’re first starting out, never feel pressured to attempt a trail or crawl that you know you are not experienced enough to handle.  Attempting something beyond your skill level may result in severe damage to your Jeep or worse, injury to yourself or others.  Always know your surroundings and keep an eye on the road, this will help you avoid any surprises while you’re driving.  Once you have mastered the art of off-roading, you will open a world of adventure and thrills that you will wonder how you lived so long without it.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."

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