The Subaru Forester is the kind of versatile SUV that's built for everything from running errands to going off-roading. While it's got plenty of cargo room for all your gear and standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, what can you do to get prepared for your next off-road excursion?

To help drivers in Ithaca get ready and know what to expect, Maguire Subaru put together these Subaru Forester off-roading tips.

Getting Prepared

First, you should research where you're going to be off-roading. If it's a course at an off-road vehicle park or a forest service road, you should be able to find what kind of terrain it offers. Make sure to check the weather forecast to see what kind of conditions you'll be dealing with, too.

It's also good to know what your Subaru Forester is capable of before you take it off-road. It has an 8.7-inch ground clearance to get over obstacles and can take on steep terrain with a 22.9-degree approach angle and a 24.6-degree departure angle. If you want to bring some extra cargo to a campsite or some recreational vehicles along for the ride, the vehicle can help you out by towing up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.

Find the Right Set of Wheels

Whether you're planning on driving through mud, over rocks, or up a steep, snow-covered hill, it's important to head off-road on the right set of tires.

It's always smart to look into all-terrain tires. Make sure your spare tire is just as capable, too. Spare tires tend to be smaller than regular tires. However, if you need to replace any of the regular ones, you'll want to put on something that's just as reliable.

What to Bring

While the Subaru Forester is designed to help you get home safely, you should always be prepared for anything. In addition to having a spare tire that's just as tough as the other wheels, it's a good idea to bring some sort of survival pack.

Bring a flashlight, a pack of spare batteries, some extra food, water, and a blanket. If you're really going far, it's smart to bring a portable radio, too. Kitty litter is another tool you can bring to help your tires find their footing if you get stuck in mud or snow.

Getting Across Tough Terrain

After you know where you're going to be off-roading, try driving on some similar roads that'll help you know what to expect when you're out there, such as big hills and bumpy roads. Your drivetrain has a lot of features that will have your back, as well.

Vehicle Dynamics Control and a Traction Control System come standard in the Forester to provide a stable ride, while Hill Descent Control lets you come down from a steep hill at a safe, constant speed.

There's also an available dual-function X-MODE® system. This can help your SUV adapt to the terrain you're driving on. By turning a dial on the center console, you can quickly switch between three selectable driving modes: Normal, Snow/Dirt, and Deep Snow/Mud.

Your Off-Road Adventure Begins with the Subaru Forester

To learn more about these Subaru Forester off-roading tips and how they can help you conquer any condition, contact Maguire Subaru. We make it our goal to help drivers and off-roading enthusiasts in Ithaca hit the trails in a capable SUV. 

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