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102 Off Road Tips: The Beginner’s Guide to Jeeping 102 Off Road Tips: The Beginner’s Guide to Jeeping
Jeeping takes many forms. It can be a remarkable adventure into the outback, or a simple drive to your favorite backcountry picnic spot. It... 102 Off Road Tips: The Beginner’s Guide to Jeeping

Jeeping takes many forms.

It can be a remarkable adventure into the outback, or a simple drive to your favorite backcountry picnic spot.

It can be a hair-raising crawl over mountainous rocks or a family camping trip in the Sierras.

Wherever your Jeep takes you, there are many important shortcuts and tips that can help make your adventure all the better.

That’s why land use warrior Del Albright [facebook | twitter] and I wrote and published 102 Off Road Tips.

Here are just a few of our favorite tips.

If you would like to skip ahead and get your own copy of 102 Off Road Tips, visit

Tip # 3: Travel as a team. Don’t go off road alone if you can avoid it. You need a partner not only for spotting your rig, but also for emergencies where one of you may be incapacitated and need help.

Tip # 5: Have a way to communicate. Many times you will have no cell signal while offroad. Carry a quality CB or, if you are licensed, a Ham Radio. Be familiar with the emergency channels in your area and always know what channel others in your group are on.

Tip # 7: Take a jacket. During cold weather, be sure to have extra clothing and perhaps a sleeping bag and small tent in your vehicle, in case you get stranded in the backcountry. Shelter and protection from hypothermia can mean the difference
between life and death.

Tip # 12: Know your limits. Don’t hide from your limitations as a driver when going off road. Do not attempt to go over obstacles that are beyond either your rig or your capabilities. Egos and cheering crowds can be dangerous, so know when to call it quits! Facing up to your limits will make you a better wheeler, and keep you from unnecessarily breaking down.

Tip # 14: Carry Band-Aid’s. Carry enough basic first aid supplies in your vehicle at all times to treat any first responder type injuries. Include wraps, bandages, bee sting stuff, and whatever your area dictates for emergencies. Be able to stop blood flow and keep someone breathing. Always have a contact of attorney or any legal help person like car accident lawyers in Huntsville like Hornsby, Watson & Hornsby.

Tip # 18: Stay put when stranded. If you break down and are alone, it is best to stay with your rig and wait for help to arrive. If you have an emergency GPS device, you will be found by authorities. If you’ve left proper word with friends of your route, your chances of being found are better if you’re still with your vehicle.

Tip # 24: Minimize trail impact. It’s all about the conditions of the route that dictate your speed and approach. Slow steady speed is usually the best bet in mud and sand. Remember that it is best to “go as slow as possible, but as fast as necessary.” If you get stuck, you were either driving too slow or too fast!

Tip # 34: Stay in charge of your rig. Keep in mind that the driver controls the vehicle; the vehicle does not control the driver! Lose sight of this and you are going to be in big trouble. Know what your rig is doing and what you are capable of; keep control.

Tip # 38: Know what’s hanging low. Remember that while 4x4s and other off road vehicles usually have high ground clearance, there are still critical parts of the vehicle that are low enough to get hung up on obstacles. Critical components like the oil pan, T-case and differential can be easily damaged if banged too hard.

Tip # 43: Listen to the elders. Off-roaders with some gray hair or a few wrinkles, or those that have been around a few trails in their time have tons of advice you can learn from. You might have to learn to sort through the stories, but gain what you can and learn the easy way.

Tip # 48: Smell the flowers. Take the time to enjoy the surroundings and being outdoors with your friends. You are in the backcountry in areas that not many people get to see. Use a guide book; learn about the history; and enjoy the full experience each time you go.

Tip # 52: Big tires are meant for big rigs. As you add tires that are bigger then stock to your off road vehicle, the manufactured rated pressure does not apply. Most big tires are designed and rated for larger, heavier, trucks, if you run the recommended tire pressure on a lighter 4×4, your on the road ride quality will suffer. Check the forums or your local shop for recommended tire pressure based on your tire/vehicle combination.

Tip # 56: Keep the rubber side down. Try to keep three wheels in contact with the ground at all times. Lifting one tire, or getting air, is not unusual and can be controlled with practice. Getting more than one in the air can be dangerous and result in a roll over.

And a personal tip from me… whatever you do with your Jeep… first and foremost… have fun! 

Matson "Matsonian" Breakey Publisher & Founding Editor

Matson is a serial entrepreneur, recovering graphic designer, father forever-in-training and a addicted adventurer who considers an episode of Survivorman to be part of his doctoral studies of living every day to the fullest. From hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to founding the world famous West Coast Brew Fest, Matson loves the outdoors and bringing together people for nothing less than the time of their lives! As Co-Founder and VP Marketing & Sales at Metalcloak, Matson has developed a reputation as MetalCloak's designated Jeep Abuser.

  • Joshua C Miller

    September 13, 2018 #1 Author

    Great tips. But why the numbers are missing?

    Do you recommend keeping an extra tire? And what you prefer for off roading? Jeep or truck?


  • Jessi

    December 18, 2018 #2 Author

    Great post! I hope you’ll add more tips soon.


  • Stacy

    January 5, 2019 #4 Author

    Is CB radio also aquires in off-roading?


    • Matson “Matsonian” Breakey

      May 29, 2019 #5 Author

      Communication of some sort is definitely required. Whether you use CB’s or Ham Radios, or have clear Cell Phone Access, you want to have some sort of communication plan. You can see several articles on this site about communication.


  • Barrett

    March 3, 2019 #6 Author

    Hi Breakey,
    Hope you are doing well.The tips are great.But I think if you add some tips more then it becomes a master piece.Anyway,Thanks for writing a helpful article


  • Taylor Bishop

    May 29, 2019 #8 Author

    I wanted to thank you for this advice for off-roading. I’m glad you mentioned that you should always know your limits and don’t go over obstacles that are beyond your capabilities. It sounds important to know what your vehicle can handle as well, especially if it can be different depending on the model or the type.


  • Raymond

    November 1, 2019 #9 Author

    Thanks for share the beginner’s guide to jeeping. Its really helpful for me.


  • Ferenc

    December 17, 2019 #10 Author

    What a great list. I don’t think many people consider #24 an important one, but it is! Thanks for the post.


  • Luise

    January 13, 2020 #11 Author

    Learn new things from your post. Thanks for write a informative post.


  • Rabina

    January 13, 2020 #12 Author

    Great article Matson! Keep up what you are doing!


  • Daniel Galbreath

    May 28, 2020 #13 Author

    That’s a huge list. Thank you!


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