Tips and Tricks for Off-Roading in the Snow
Snow can dramatically change a landscape overnight. Familiar trails become foreign, and easy-to-drive routes become challenging. However, driving in the snow is a thrilling and different experience that every off-roader should try at least once. Since driving through the snow is very different than driving on a normal dirt trail, it’s helpful to learn a few tips before your trip. To navigate the slippery trails, use these tips and tricks for off-roading in the snow.
Notice Changes in the Snow
The first tip is to notice changes in the snow. Unlike traditional landscapes, snow changes. It freezes, melts, and refreezes throughout the day. Just because you drove on a trail early on during your trip doesn’t mean it will stay the same throughout the day. Also, be sure to note that shade can change snow as well. Areas in the shade are more likely to be hard and frozen, while areas in the sun are softer and warmer.
One of the best tips and tricks for off-roading in the snow is to pack lightly. You’ll want your vehicle to glide over the top of the snow, not sink down into it. Keep in mind that you should bring all necessary recovery gear and tools for your Jeep—but leave any extra equipment at home. So, remember to pack the essentials and leave any unnecessary items at home.
Turn on Your Lights
Sometimes, cloudy days can make off-roading even more challenging than usual. If you have trouble seeing the snow on the trail, turn on your lights. You can even use aftermarket headlights, such as our Jeep Gladiator halo headlights or other popular headlights, to provide additional visibility. As previously mentioned, snow changes constantly, so you need to be able to see the trail in front of you clearly at all times. The additional visibility from your headlights will help you determine if the snow is safe to drive on.