Important Off-Road Techniques – Controlling Slides!


Sliding is inevitable from time to time when driving off-road in a Jeep or truck; however, it can also be dangerous if unaware of the right ways to control a slide.

More importantly, the control method to use depends on whether driving on the level or at some other angle.

Use these tips when you slide driving different obstacles to regain traction right away without the risk of rolling or losing control!

Sliding On Level Ground

When sliding on level ground, it usually means you are driving too fast for the surface being driven.

It can also occur when taking a turn too fast which can result in either understeering and sliding to the outside of the bend and missing a curve, or oversteering which is when the truck or Jeep slides toward the inside of the bend, cutting the corner too close.

Whether there is loose gravel, wet pavement, packed or loose dirt, sand, or any other surface, the first thing to do is slow down to decelerate progression to the side as slowing down gives the tires more of a chance to grip and regain traction.

To correct understeering, slow down without slamming on the brakes which could make the slide worse and keep driving in the direction you are going towards.

To correct oversteering, slow down in the same manner, then counter-steer to try to get the truck or Jeep back on the correct forward track.

In either case, controlling a slide on level ground involves a careful combination of effective steering, slowing down without slamming on the brakes, and keeping forward momentum until regaining traction.

Sliding While Driving Up or Down Hills

If driving uphill, start to lose traction, and slide backward, it is important to correct this right away or before losing control of your truck or Jeep.

Go back down and approach again, as trying to muscle up a hill while sliding could result in sideways movement or rolling over.

Stop with your feet on the brake and the clutch to lock the wheels, then shift into reverse.

Using the brake pedal to maintain a slow speed, back all the way down the hill and approach again for another try.

When sliding coming down an incline in a Jeep or truck, the goal is to control the slide as best possible since stopping can actually cause you to lose more traction and slide even more, especially if the wheels lock; instead, try to use engine braking to slow down.

If already using engine braking and still sliding, accelerating a tiny bit if it is not too dangerous to help regain traction.

If not, just steer while sliding to keep the truck or Jeep from moving sideways until reaching the bottom and stopping.

Sliding While Driving On A Slope

Driving on a slope can be very dangerous and should be avoided whenever possible, mainly because sliding and rolling over is a bigger threat.

If you do drive on a slope and start to slide sideways downhill, the safest option is to try to get the truck or Jeep turned around and drive back down the slope.

Don’t stop or the truck or Jeep could become unbalanced and roll; stop climbing and try to drive straight, then start gradually turning downhill.

Drive down the slope once the Jeep or truck is facing straight downhill.

When you re-approach, do it straight up and down not on a slope.

Avoid Danger When Sliding

Sliding when driving off-road can be really dangerous as the potential for losing control of your Jeep or truck is high; however, correcting a slide is not a one-size-fits-all solution either.

Learn these critical methods for correcting different kinds of slides in a truck or Jeep to be ready if and when it happens to you.

Recovering from sliding a Jeep or truck is another essential skill that all off-road drivers should learn to be prepared for any situation you might end up in!

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