Rivian R1T: Essential Off-Road Tips for New Owners


Hey there, fellow adventurer! We totally get it if you're already itching to take your Rivian R1T off the beaten path. The R1T is designed for adventure, so it’s practically begging to conquer some off-road terrain. but before you hit the dirt roads, let's make sure you're prepped for an epic (and safe) adventure. Even the drivers of the most rugged rigs need a little know-how, after all. This is especially true for first-time off-roaders.

Here are some essential tips to transform you from a pavement pro to a confident dirt warrior:

1. Become One with Your R1T!

Before you set off on your adventure, take some time to understand your R1T’s strengths and, well, its not-so-superpowers. Get to know its ground clearance, learn its approach and departure angles, familiarize yourself with its maximum wading depth, and always work around the R1T’s maximum payload capacity. The R1T is a tough vehicle, but it’s important not to overstress the truck during your off-road journey. The owner's manual is your best friend here. It'll also tell you all about adjusting the air suspension for optimal off-road performance, and how to adjust your tire pressure for different terrains.

2. Pack Like a Pro!

Let's face it, off-roading can be unpredictable. Be prepared for anything by packing a survival kit worthy of a seasoned adventurer. A recovery kit with a tow rope is a must-have in case you get stuck (it happens to the best of us, even the most experienced ones!). Don't forget a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher, and a flashlight!  Pack plenty of water and snacks too. Off-road trails can be long and winding, and you never know when you might stumble upon a hidden gem that begs for a longer exploration.

3. Take it Slow and Steady, Wins the Trail

The R1T might have instant torque and enough power to conquer mountains, but off-roading is all about finesse, not speed. Start with easy trails to get the hang of things and build your confidence behind the wheel. There's no shame in taking moderate trails as you gain experience. Remember, slow and steady wins the race (or, in this case, navigates the trail without a hitch). Take your time, enjoy the scenery, and focus on the pure joy of exploring new landscapes.

4. The Off-Road Community: Your Trail Buddies!

Do keep in mind that even the most capable vehicles can get stuck, especially when faced with challenging terrains like snow or mud. If you find yourself in a bit of a pickle, don't panic! The off-road community is known for its camaraderie. Chances are, fellow adventurers on the trail will be more than happy to lend a helping hand. Don't be afraid to ask for help – that's what trail buddies are for!

5. Safety in Numbers: Buddy Up and Plan Ahead!

Speaking of trail buddies, never embark on an off-road adventure alone, especially if you're new to the scene. Let a friend or family member know about your plans and invite them to join you on your adventure.  Before you set off, research the trail you plan to explore. Understand its difficulty level, potential hazards, and any permits you might need. Consider joining an off-roading group for your initial adventures. There's a wealth of knowledge and experience to be shared amongst fellow off-road enthusiasts, and remember, safety always comes first!

Bonus Tip: Be a Friend to the Environment!

The Rivian R1T is an eco-friendly champion, so let's keep it that way! Always stay on designated trails to avoid damaging the wilderness. Respect wildlife and leave no trace behind. Pack out all your trash and help preserve the beauty of the outdoors for future generations of off-road enthusiasts to enjoy.

Before you go:

Check out some of our items from our catalogue of Rivian R1T and Rivian R1S accessories! These two in particular will help you with your off-road adventures.