Top 8 Best and Worst Off-Roading/Overlanding Advice

It's not always the time to "send it!"

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this….”

There may have never been a more iconic or relatable phrase. Han, thank you for helping us find the words when that sinking feeling hits like, well, a big fat rock. (Sorry to all the non-star wars fans. Go get you some Lucasfilm tonight.)

You’re not alone, we’ve all followed some bad advice every now and then. The good news is when you learn the hard way on some things it makes you more aware of the next bit of advice you either take in or laugh at internally.

Thinking about those moments when you hear that just high enough pitched “fizzzzzz” when the air is slowly and painfully escaping your tires… cuz one just got slashed on that last patch of the trail back there. Or, my personal favorite, the “flop-smack-flop-smack-flop” as it starts to wobble off the rim. You know who you are, you pavement princesses.

Simply delightful.

Thankfully, off-roading can have just as many if not more highs than lows. Take a look at the Top 8 Best and Worst pieces of Overlanding and off-roading trail advice from our friends over here at Cali Raised LED.
And some of our favorite vehicle maintenance gifs.

#1. @eastcoastadventures

Best: “The best advice I got was to switch over to a Tacoma from a full-sized truck.”
Worst: “The worst advice I received was “You can make it!” Before getting stuck to the frame.”

#2. @justininatx

Best: “Best advice: be prepared for the unexpected”
Worst: “Worst advice: Buy a Toyota, it would be cheap they said.”

#3. @Mammoth4Runner

Best: “Best Advice: Don’t let your ego drive & trust your spotter.”
Worst: “I’m not sure on the worst advice, maybe when random people just say “send it” lol I think there's more to it than that depending on your priorities and financial stability 😂

#4. @TRD-Hulk

Best: “The best advice would be to have a spotter if at all possible. Things look a lot different from the driver's seat and a spotter can truly save your ride from serious damage. Not to mention they can get some badass shots in the meantime 😁”

Worst: “The worst advice was to get all terrains. I didn’t listen and went with my gut to get mud terrains, even though my 4Runner is my daily. My tires got me out of a few tough spots that I probably would have needed a pull or a winch with any other tire.”

#5. @sundance_67

Best #1: Best: Build what you want, not what you see others wanting.
Best #2: Don't drive outside your limits.

Worst #1: Buying stuff like lights and accessories but still having stock suspension and no recovery gear!
Worst #2: breaking/damaging your vehicle means you're doing it right.

#6. @big_slaw13

Best: Always expect someone to be coming around a blind corner - most trails are two-way so always expect to see someone where you can't see them coming!
Worst: Crossing a river I shouldn't have - razors can't go underwater.

#7. @jakelong_16

Best: Over prepare on trips with gear. Example " Have first aid kits, jack lifts, extra food, Maxtrax, tow ropes. You might not need any of them, but you never know until you’re situation.
Worst: A person saying the trail is easy. "Do research before because someone's definition of easy could be a lot different from yours.

#8. @christhefabricator

Best: (1) Always tell someone else where you are going, don't be in a position where you are stranded and people don't know where to look. (2) Your gas pedal can get you out of trouble as much as it can get you in trouble, know when to use it. (3) Keep it simple, fancy gear can sometimes cause unnecessary problems. (4) Know your route, use your GPS to guide you, but know how to get out when you lose that tool. Familiarity is good but paper maps are better.

Worst: (1) Just gotta send it! (2) If you don't see the trail, make one. (3) You got this bro, let's go for it!

In summary, saying “send it!” is usually bad advice… but it does make for some great cheerleading.

The good news is: Cali Raised has a few products you can check out to aid in your recovery. we’ve got you covered from tow ropes to hi-lift jacks, to Maxtrax, and even a light or two for your daredevils that ride after dark. Ride on and May the Force Be With You.

What is the best and worst advice you have received? Tell us in the comments below. DO IT. You might even get featured on one of our next posts.


  • Good information, great read also.

    Tim 03/16/2023 at 01:41 AM
  • Great advice – looking forward to doing some off-road exploring in my new Tacoma!

    Tyler 01/01/2023 at 02:07 PM
  • It’s interesting seeing everyone’s journeys. I’m excited to finally complete my truck, well the biggest step at least.

    Ben 12/12/2022 at 10:11 PM
  • Excellent advice! I’m digging the driving on two wheels while changing the other two gif.

    Jeremy 11/29/2022 at 08:29 PM
  • The six “P’s”


    Eric 08/04/2022 at 05:23 PM
  • Great advice.

    Ethan 06/27/2022 at 01:19 AM
  • Best advice – be prepared for the worst

    Not a good thing- not doing research in the area you’re going in because “you’re looking for adventure”

    Jordan 04/29/2022 at 09:31 PM
  • @justininatx i feel your pain

    Tyler B 03/17/2022 at 04:41 PM
  • Really great article!!

    Jason 03/13/2022 at 12:37 PM
  • Great tips 👌 love hearing from other enthusiasts.
    My advice is always have good tread. Your tires are the most important piece of your vehicle. They make all the difference when confronting obstacles and terrain.

    Z Hart 01/22/2022 at 08:47 AM
  • Nice article! I like the focus of preparation and responsibility, but yet go out there and have fun. Great reminders for when we are spotting others! Thank you.

    René 01/03/2022 at 11:27 AM
  • Really great article! I’m brand new to off-roading and I really try to do my homework before just sending it! Thank you for the crib notes!

    Aaron 01/02/2022 at 07:55 AM