Seven Ways to Save on Gas for Off-Roading Using the onX Offroad App

With gas prices at record levels, many may wonder how they can cut fuel costs while still enjoying off-roading in the great outdoors.

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Because the onX Offroad App was designed to help and support fellow off-road enthusiasts, we compiled a list of features within the App that can be used to reduce one’s fuel costs.

The following features may result in substantial savings when used during trip planning or out on the roads and trails. Save money on fuel costs while still enjoying off-roading?

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1. Avoid Driving to Closed Trails and Roads

There’s nothing worse than driving hours to go off-roading only to arrive and find that the trail is closed or off limits for the vehicle type you’re driving. That’s wasted fuel out and back to retrace your route, potentially costing more than a one-year subscription to the onX Offroad App, which could have helped you avoid the lengthy dead-end in the first place.

The result is a much more efficient trip with less time spent on navigation and more time spent enjoying the outdoors—all while using less fuel and saving more on overall costs.

Check each trail or road you intend to navigate using the onX Offroad App and ensure they are open and accessible by the vehicle type you’ll be driving.

Plan for Seasonal Trail Closures Using onX Offroad

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2. Pre-Select the Most Efficient Routes

One of the first things off-road enthusiasts can do to help save fuel costs is map out their route to and from where they wish to ride or drive. When mapping out the drive to the trailhead, choose a route that avoids mountainous, hilly, and excessively twisty roads, which results in increased engine loads, fuel consumption, and costs.

Use the onX Offroad App to help make your plans by taking advantage of the many tools available within the App that allow one to research and plan out a more efficient route.

The onX Offroad App also allows one to determine where fires are located, map out locations for services—such as food, camping, and fuel stations—and avoid traveling to inaccessible areas due to seasonal trail closures.

Plan An Off-Road Adventure Using onX Offroad

3. Find Off-Road Trails Nearby

One of the handiest features of the onX Offroad App is the ability to locate nearby trails in a given area. By default, the onX Offroad App opens to your current location and shows you the trails in your area. Or you can tap the “Discover” button in the App’s lower-left corner to locate nearby trails.

Find Nearby Trails Using onX Offroad

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4. Add Custom Locations Using Waypoints

Another way the onX Offroad App is useful for saving fuel costs is the ability to locate camping spots, closed gates, treacherous obstacles, and other services such as non-ethanol gas stations and mark them up with custom waypoints on your map.

This feature allows you to do your homework in advance and eliminate driving to multiple locations in search of things like non-ethanol fuel. It allows you to add custom Waypoints for improved navigation that will help minimize fuel costs.

Add Waypoints in onX Offroad

5. Get on the Same Page Ahead of Time by Sharing Waypoints

Once you’ve built your unique onX map with custom Waypoints, you can share these Waypoints in advance with your off-roading friends.

Not only does this help better organize your trip, but it also helps eliminate confusion by providing everyone in your off-roading party with the same navigational information.

Share Waypoints in OnX Offroad

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6. Find Off-Road Trails Closer to Home

Another way to save on fuel costs is to find locations for off-roading closer to home. Often, with minimal research—and using the onX Offroad App—you can quickly find new off-roading spots and camping areas much closer to home.

The onX App allows you to research available off-road trails in a given area, including each trail’s difficulty level, total length, elevation change, current weather, user-generated photos, and whether or not a route is open or closed.

Find Nearby Trails Using onX Offroad

7. Be Selective of When and Where You Off-Road

Riding and driving conditions have a noticeable impact on fuel mileage and overall fuel consumption. Wet and heavy soils such as mud and sand rob engine power while increasing fuel consumption, so we suggest avoiding off-roading in inclement weather or the early season when trails are excessively wet.

Choose days when there will be less trail traffic, such as weekdays, and avoid high-traffic or expert-level trails that can result in breakdowns, bottlenecks, and excessive idling that translate to added fuel usage and costs.

Those using onX Offroad can even use the App to stay apprised of wind and weather conditions at the location of your next off-road adventure. Avoid hours of travel in undesirable conditions with a few simple taps on the App.

Check Wind and Weather Conditions Using onX Offroad

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Just because fuel costs have soared doesn’t mean you have to stay home and stop off-roading. Using the features and methods described in this article, you’ll quickly realize there’s money to be saved when planning off-road trips by using onX Offroad.

On the surface, one might think an off-road GPS mapping app like onX Offroad is limited to being a navigational tool and not much else. But the onX Offroad App is a tool that will help you decrease mileage, avoid closed trails, and quickly find trails, camping areas, and other services in one easy-to-use App.

To learn more about using the onX Offroad App to its fullest potential, visit our How To Use onX Offroad support page. Or, consider signing up for one of our FREE onX Offroad 101: Master the App classes.

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Dale Spangler

Dale Spangler is a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast introduced to two wheels at the age of eight and began racing motocross at 12. After chasing his dream of being a professional motocross racer through the mid-90s, he moved on to a career in the powersports industry, where he’s spent the last 28+ years as a marketing specialist, writer, and content creator.