Off-roading refer to the driving style of driving the car through non-paved roads and tracks, usually route comprised of mud, sand, snow, heavy rocks, gravel, riverbeds and any other natural terrain. Off-roading varies in its intensity, from quiet recreational drives with non-customized vehicles to races with heavily modified models that better suit the task. Off-roading as an activity has been met with concern and opposition from the potential environmental damage it can contribute to.

Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are recognized as the go-to cars for this kind of activity. Drivers are expected to have extensive experience maneuvering in natural terrain to participate in competitive off-roading. Before entering sandy terrains it is essential that SUV drivers reduce the pressure of their tires as a way to gain better traction due to the increased tire footprint, and reducing the pressure of the vehicle over the sand since there’s now a greater surface where to distribute it.

When off-roading groups enter the desert a leader must be selected to guide the group’s vehicles in a single line formation, one behind the other, so there’s a little chance for anyone to break off or to wander.