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How to enjoy off-roading in your BMW 

BMW offers a number of vehicles with xDrive, the company’s all-wheel drive system. These include the X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6, and X7 crossover SUVs. It’s also available as an option on many of the sedans in the 1-7 Series. xDrive makes it possible to handle rough terrain, but many first-time buyers aren’t sure how to get started with off-roading. At Pfaff BMW Markham, we have a massive selection of BMW vehicles that you can use for off-roading on the weekends! Off-roading a vehicle is clearly not the same as city driving or even driving in the countryside and there are plenty of techniques that you should become familiarized with. However, if you are buying a BMW with the purpose of off-roading it recreationally on the weekends, then you deserve to enjoy the experience. In this blog, we take a look at some of the ways you can do just that in a BMW vehicle. 

Make sure to prepare for the journey 

It’s important to note that four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are not the same thing. You shouldn’t try to take your BMW, even if it’s equipped with xDrive, on the same journey that you would take an ATV or off-road vehicle. The chassis frame on a BMW often isn’t built to drive over massive boulders without causing damage, so consider your vehicle before you hit the trails. However, the xDrive system can handle some off-roading adventure. Walk around the exterior to look for the lowest point of clearance and get a feel for the overall size and dimensions of the car. Knowing your BMW inside and out can help reduce the risk of scratching or damaging the exterior. It’s also smart to find the air intake for the engine, since driving through a deep puddle could allow water into this critical component of your vehicle.

Follow the trails and don’t stray from them 

When you arrive at the off-roading area, stay on marked trails instead of blazing your own path. Not only can creating your own trails lead to damage of the embankments and ground, but it can also leave behind ruts that erode during rainstorms. Sticking to the marked trails will also help you avoid getting into a situation that your vehicle can’t handle. Don’t disturb the wildlife or plant life in the area.

Follow basic off-road rules 

First time off-roaders often don’t know the unwritten rules of off-roading. If you meet another vehicle on a grade in an area without much space to pull off to the side safely, the driver traveling uphill has the right-of-way. For cars traveling downhill, it’s easier and safer to back up and move out of the way. Stay to the right side of the trail to avoid driving into oncoming traffic. Maintaining a slow speed is important when off-roading. Hitting a sudden bump when you’re driving too fast could cause you to lose control or spin out. It’s always smart to go off-roading with at least one other person, especially if you get stuck and need help getting unstuck.

Things to watch for 

Avoid deep ruts and boulders. Deep ruts on highly utilized trails and tracks may appear shallower than they actually are. Driving through one can cause the undercarriage to get hung up, leading to your BMW getting stuck. Look out for holes, ruts, and rocks, since these can cause damage.

These are just a few of the ways that you can enjoy your off-roading experience in your BMW vehicle. Choosing the right BMW vehicle for off-roading is also essential and should be mentioned with this list as well. You can choose the right off-road BMW by visiting our Pfaff BMW Markham dealership today. Click here to find our contact information, schedule a test drive, or to speak with a representative.