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The Ultimate 4X4 Driving Guide

BFGoodrich Tires has earned more than 30 SCORE Baja 1000 wins and nearly 100 overall four-wheel SCORE desert race titles. So yeah, we own the off-road!

Off-road driving can be fun, especially when it’s intentional. But it’s an entirely different kind of driving altogether. We recommend you understand the basic techniques, so you don’t get stuck in a precarious situation. The Ultimate 4X4 Driving Guide has 6 informative sections to help you tackle your off-road adventures with confidence!

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Some Off-Road History

For more than 40 years, our never-satisfied approach to tire making has built our reputation as an off-road leader. We’ve always believed, to know where you’re going, you have to know where you came from.  So let’s start with some off-road history!

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Safety Check

What you see depicted in video games and movies is far from a normal trail ride. The majority of off-roading happens in low gears and relatively low speeds. To sum up perfectly how you should approach the trail: As slowly as possible, as fast as necessary.

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Tire Selection

The tire’s ability to perform should always outweigh its aesthetics. Choosing the right tire is a crucial part of preparing your vehicle for off-road. Unless you are into racing or extreme rock crawling, you’ll probably be looking at either an all-terrain or mud-terrain tire.

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Know Your Vehicle

Whether fresh from the factory or built in your garage, no two vehicles are alike. Just like no two drivers’ experience and skill levels are the same. Which is why one of the most important ways you can prepare for the rigors of recreational off-roading is to know your vehicle, inside and out.

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Tackling Tough Terrain

Let’s be real – you started off-roading for a reason. You wanted to explore new places, take the path of most resistance and conquer challenges that most of your friends wouldn’t even dream of. But with all that reward comes a great deal of risk.

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Recovery Techniques

Safety should be the highest priority in recovery situations. Let’s not beat around the bush. If you venture off the pavement with any regularity, you’ll eventually get stuck. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

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