Nighttime Off-Roading

keep safe while hitting the trails at night


Beginner’s Guide to Off-Roading at Night

After you’ve been off-roading for awhile and feel like stepping things up a notch, you could try taking your truck off-roading at night. It’s important to keep in mind that off-roading at night is riskier than during the day and you may need to purchase additional equipment, such as lights or cameras.

Be Familiar With the Terrain

Any trail you decide to take on at night, you should already be familiar with during the day. Nighttime is not the time to try out a new trail or route through an obstacle. Your best bet would be to check out the trail during daytime light and map out areas that could be troublesome.

Use the Buddy System

Nighttime isn’t the time to go take on trails alone, you should make sure to bring at least one other vehicle. The extra vehicle can help if you get into trouble or get suck in any mud pits. The second truck will also be able to help light the path and obstacles as you go.


In most cases, you’ll want additional light sources over what comes standard on your rig. Ideally, you’ll have premium light bars or light pods installed on your lifted truck, which will do a lot to light up the trail and any obstacles. HID and LED lights are the optimal type to go with, since they give much more light than halogen bulbs. By having both high and low lights on your truck you’ll be able to have a large range of visibility.


Today, many new trucks come with backup cameras and those can be quite useful when off-roading at night. Rear visibility is extremely limited at night and a backup camera could save you from backing into a tree. Now, if you are very serious about off-roading at night, you could invest in a thermal imaging camera. A thermal imaging camera with a display monitor could help you spot things you’d otherwise miss at night. Many also give you the added benefit of being able to document your journey to share the footage with friends later on.

Have South Sound Trucks Gear You Up

If you are considering taking your lifted truck out for a nighttime excursion, stop by South Sound Trucks and have our service department help outfit your truck with all the extras you’ll need. Our experienced team of service technicians will have your truck, Jeep, 4x4, or SUV ready in no time.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the online inventory of used trucks in Olympia, then visit South Sound Trucks to test drive the truck of your dreams and find a new weekend warrior to hit the trails with.