SnowRunner: Beginner's guide, tips and tricks, & more!

SnowRunner is an awesome simulation title and has certainly got us sinking a fair few too many hours into growing our garage of trucks.

Excitingly, Phase 4 is arriving and brings with it a plethora of new content for us as players to enjoy.

So, with new players picking up the title as it joins Xbox Game Pass and with the release of the new season, here's a Quick Start guide for playing SnowRunner!

Managing your trucks

One of the biggest jumps for players to learn in the game is the use off all of their trucks. You can end up with quite the selection, and each one has its own unique strengths and weaknesses.

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There are a number of features which new players may struggle to grasp. One of these is changing trucks, which you can do a number of ways.

Naturally, there is a sidebar which lets you change to another truck in proximity. However, you can also go to your map screen, scroll to the objects tab in the top left, and swap to any vehicle that you own!

The Winch

There are a number of ways to use this all-important feature in SnowRunner. One of these is from the Sidebar menu once again, which lets you select where from your truck, and where on the other end, you want to connect.

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Likewise, the quick winch input will connect to any available object where your camera is currently looking.

Finally, upgrading your winch to the Autonomous Scout can be a huge benefit as it doesn't require your engine to be running. This can help you when you tip out in the wilderness!


If you ever need to travel back to your garage or are struggling with damage or fuel, there are a couple of things you can do.

Firstly, you can open up the sidebar and select recovery. This will send you back to your garage, refuel your truck and repair it for free. You can also do this from the region map, so there are a number of ways to get back to your garage.

This feature is also useful to earn some quick money, as you can jump into any abandoned trucks that you find, and then recover them to sell for instant profit.

The Map

There are a huge number of pickup locations around the maps in SnowRunner, and it's easy to forget which materials each one has. You can once again use the sidebar and then hover over the locations, with some small icons indicating the materials found there.

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You can also use the map screen to change the time in the game. With the map open, look to the bottom right to see which input you need to use to 'Skip Time'.

Doing so can be useful if you no longer want to drive in the dark. This method only works for single player, and not online co-op.

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