5 top tips for driving on extremely poor roads


Many parts of the world generally have extremely poor roads and this is one reason why it is good to learn how best to drive on such unavoidable bad roads. Learn more!

Currently, on the world atlas website, a group of 15 countries is listed to have the worst roads in the world. These countries included Mauritania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Madagascar, Guinea, Yemen, Paraguay, Ukraine, Mozambique, Moldova, Nigeria, Cameroon, Lesotho, Chad, and Costa Rica.

Now, even if you do not stay in some of these countries, it is still very important that you know how to drive on bad roads. Yes, this is due to the fact that driving on “super” smooth roads is quite different from driving on poor roads. Sometimes it can be unavoidable even in some of the world’s top cities.

So here are top 5 tips for driving on extremely poor roads!


Driving on a smooth road vs driving on a rough or poor road is usually two opposite experiences

5 tips for driving on extremely poor roads

No matter how much experience you have with driving on smooth, proper roads, you might still need to keep some of the below tips in mind in order to successfully drive on poor roads.

1. Know your car’s “Wheel drive”

Knowing whether your car uses a front-wheel, 4-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive system will go a long way in helping you harness the power to conquer driving on bad roads.

Being aware that your car is a 2WD (RWD or FWD) will help you stay away from extreme muddy or sloppy terrain.

Whereas on the other hand, if you are aware that your car is an AWD or 4WD, then you can push it hard on flooded or muddy terrains while being confident that it pumps power to all the wheels.

2. Maintain moderate speed

Many people often get frustrated when driving on extremely poor roads, thus they tend to speed more because of the haste to get off such roads quickly.

Unfortunately, most of the time speeding on a bad road does more harm than good.It usually puts too much strain on the tires and shocks of most cars and even makes the passengers uncomfortable. And also, habitual speeding on bad roads usually leads to faster wear and tear of vehicle parts.


A car is actually easier to control at moderate speed than high speed when driving on a bad road

3. Always do the necessary adjustments

All cars are not made for all roads. Yes, just as we explained in Number 1 above, it is also important that one should make the necessary adjustment to a car in order to fit the road that it will be driven on.

Such adjustments can sometimes involve installing bigger rims and tires, as well as getting quality suspensions and shocks to spare you the strain which usually comes with climbing several bumps and entering potholes on a bad road.


Potholes and bumps can be almost unavoidable on a bad road – you have to make your car ready for them

4. Always Keep emergency tools in the car

When driving on a bad road, you should expect an emergency to come up more often than when driving on a smooth road. This means that your car may get stuck in mud or sand at any time.

Also, your car tires can easily get punctured from sharp objects or stones on a bad road. When such an emergency comes up, it is best to have the right tools/kit available inside the car at such a moment to fix your vehicle in no time.


Necessary tools or kit should always be kept inside a car when driving on bad roads because of emergency situations

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5. Follow the tracks of other car tires

This is probably the simplest yet highly effective one of all the tips in this article because it can go a long way in saving you a lot of future stress.

When driving on a bad road, never neglect the tracks left behind by other car tires before you. Following such tracks can sometimes help you identify the best parts of a bad road and make you enjoy a much smoother journey despite being on a poor road.

And even though your car might have a state-of-the-art navigation system, the tracks left behind by the car tires of other people can still serve as extra confirmation of any path being suggested by your GPS.

You can also check out this video below that gives extra tips on how to drive in bad conditions like storm, rain, and Fog;

  8 Driving Tips to Drive in Fog, Rain, or a Storm


Our list may be short but if you follow all of these top 5 tips for driving on extremely poor roads, then you should be good to go.

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