Rules for off-road driving
- Ensure vehicle is equipped with approved all-terrain tires.
- Pay attention to the ground clearance of the vehicle.
- Activate the off-road driving program.
Please see the chapter "SELECTING DRIVING PROGRAM" on page 198.
- Switch on terrain level or special terrain level, if necessary, before starting to drive off-road.
Do not brake the car to a stop while adjusting the level.
- The level should only be adjusted on a level surface.
- Stow or fasten luggage and loads securely.
For information on stowing loads and luggage: Please see the chapter "LOADING INFORMATION" on page 237.
- If unknown terrain is obscured from view, examine it on foot first and drive with extreme caution.
This way, obstacles are easier to recognize and damage to the vehicle is avoided.
- Always drive with the engine running.
Power steering assistance is provided only with the engine running.
- Drive slowly and consistently.
- Always make sure that the wheels are touching the ground.
- Before driving through water, check the water depth, the condition of the surface beneath it and the speed of the water.
- Look out for obstacles, such as boulders, holes, tree stumps or ruts.
- Always keep the sliding/lifting roof or Panorama roof system and the side windows closed while driving.
- Do not deviate from marked routes or paths.
- Respect nature.
Always obey off-limits signs.
Driving Systems for Off-Road Driving
Specially adapted driving programs or power-transmission and chassis control systems are available for off-road driving:
- Off-road PTM
- Off-road PTV Plus (depending on vehicle equipment)
- Off-road PSM
- Off-road ABS
- For further information on the functioning of chassis control systems:
Please see the chapter "TRANSMISSION AND CHASSIS CONTROL SYSTEMS" on page 202.
Before driving off-road
- Check tread depth and inflation pressure of tires.
- Check for damage and remove any foreign objects (e.g. stones) from the tread.
- Replace missing valve caps.
- Replace dented or damaged rims before driving off-road.