Off-Road Driving

Off-road driving is driving your vehicle on an unpaved surface such as sand, silt, dirt, or mud, or on rocky or snow-covered surfaces. When Cybertruck is in Off-Road Mode, you have access to settings and drive modes that allow you to manage steep ascents, descents, uneven terrain, shallow creeks, and other obstacles you may encounter.

The Off-Road app provides greater control over traction, stability, acceleration, and braking. Various modes and settings also allow you to quickly adjust the ride height of Cybertruck (see Suspension).

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Carefully read all cautions and warnings before driving Cybertruck off road (see Limitations and Warnings). Always pay close attention and monitor the area to the front, rear, and sides of Cybertruck for obstacles while off-road driving.
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Any damage caused by off-road driving is not covered by the warranty.
Off-Road Modes and settings include the following:
  • Overland: Maximizes traction on various terrains at low speeds. See Overland.
  • Baja: Optimizes the suspension and traction control of Cybertruck for high speed driving on dirt roads or desert environments. See Baja.
  • Wade Mode: Raises the suspension and pressurizes the high voltage Battery to protect your vehicle from water and debris while navigating shallow bodies of water. See Wade Mode.
  • Trail Assist: Allows you to maintain your speed while driving on a trail. See Trail Assist.
  • Locking Differentials: Engage for more traction while off-roading. See Locking Differentials.

Using the Off-Road App

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Only use Off-Road mode in off-road driving scenarios. Off-Road modes change how Cybertruck handles, accelerates, and decelerates, and is not appropriate for public roads.
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Use the Off-Road app, located in the app tray, to conveniently customize and monitor your off-road settings. After carefully reading the pop-up window, touch Confirm.
In the Off-Road app, customize options such as:
  • Off-Road Mode: Choose between Overland and Baja and customize your preferences. See Overland and Baja for more information.
  • Locking Differentials: Engage or disengage locking differentials. See Locking Differentials.
  • Pitch, Roll: These angles determine how capable the vehicle is of climbing over an obstacle or up an incline.
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    If you are approaching a large obstacle or change in incline, you can set the right ride height to Extract by touching Controls > Ride Height > Extract. When the ride height is set to Extract, Cybertruck has increased approach, breakover, and departure angles.
  • Wade Mode
  • Rear Steer: You can set Rear Steer to Off or Auto. Auto allows for a tighter turn radius while driving.
  • Light Bar: Enable or disable the light bar, if installed.
  • Ride Height: Customize your vehicle's ride height based on terrain and other drive settings. See Suspension.
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Cybertruck must be in Park to change the off-road drive modes and settings.
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Your off-road settings remain for approximately 15 minutes after you exit the vehicle. Always double check to ensure your off-road settings are as intended prior to driving.
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The TPMS warning thresholds may be lowered to accommodate different off-road needs. Do not rely solely on the TPMS warning indicator when in an Off-Road mode or setting, as these thresholds do not comply with Federal TPMS standards. It is your responsibility to ensure tires are adequately inflated at all times and are inflated back to normal levels before regular driving on roads.

Before Off-Road Driving

  1. Plan your route: Carefully consult maps and weather reports before beginning an off-road expedition and familiarize yourself with the different types of terrain you may encounter (gravel, sand, mud, snow, etc.). Research trails before setting out and be aware that weather and environmental conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly. Ensure your vehicle has ample range for your planned route.
  2. Secure passengers and cargo: Wearing a seat belt is required by law. Ensure that all passengers are wearing their seat belts properly (see Seat Belts). Make sure that loose items in the cabin are stowed or secured, and ensure that the cargo bed is free of cargo, or that cargo is tightly secured. The tonneau cover can be open or closed while driving off road.
  3. Evenly distribute vehicle load: While off-road driving, Cybertruck performs best when the weight of passengers and cargo is distributed evenly across the front and rear axles (see Vehicle Loading). Detach large or heavily loaded trailers before driving off road.
  4. Lower tire pressure: Lower tire pressure to increase traction on softer surfaces such as sand or gravel, and on rocky surfaces. Reducing tire pressure allows tires to make more contact with the terrain, increasing grip and decreasing the risk of punctures.
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    Avoid making hard turns and other sudden maneuvers when tires are inflated under the recommended cold tire pressure. Before driving on public roads again, make sure to fill all tires to the recommended cold tire pressure (see Tire Pressures).
  5. Be prepared: Equip your Cybertruck with supplies in case of emergency, such as a spare tire, a jack, an air compressor, a portable jump starter, and a flashlight.
  6. Remove wheel fairings: Cybertruck has pieces of plastic trim that descend in front of the wheels from the rocker panels on either side of the vehicle. These are the wheel fairings. The wheel fairings increase aerodynamic performance and range, but may be damaged while driving off-road over rough, uneven surfaces, rocks, or obstacles. To prevent damage, remove the front wheel fairings before off-road driving. For more information and instructions for removing the wheel fairings, refer to the Do It Yourself Guide (see Do It Yourself Maintenance).
  7. Remove wheel covers: To prevent damage, remove the wheel covers before driving off-road. For more information, see Removing and Installing Wheel Covers.

While Off-Road Driving

Quickly access off-road settings and vitals from Cybertruck in the vehicle status area on the touchscreen. You can also keep the Off-Road app open while driving to quickly change settings and preferences based on your driving situation. See quick stats such as:
  • Off-Road Status icons
  • Tire Pressures
  • Locking Differential status
  • Battery and motor temperatures
  • Ride Height
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    When the ride height is set to Extract, vehicle speed is limited to 10 mph (16 km/h), and torque may be limited. The ride height automatically resets to Very High once your driving speed exceeds 10 mph (16 km/h).