In Mount and Blade (the original, vanilla) I keep getting chased by much stronger enemies (looters, steppe bandits, deserters etc). They prevent me from reaching where I want to go and occasionally catch on to me. Either by chasing me into another group of bandits or by running faster. Usually this ends up in a battle where I lose my entire crew and end up even more vulnerable to these bandits. I'd like to prevent these battles that I will lose with certainty.
What are the requirements for the bandits to stop following me?
What are effective strategies to prevent battles against stronger armies?
With requirements I mean like being out of a certain range, being covered by a city, woods, mountains... whatever makes them stop.
I am aware that the pathfinding skill improves map speed (is this significant enough to invest in it?) and usually all or most of my troops are mounted. I recruit the default warriors that cost 10 denar each.
Here's an example of what I am talking about: When hovering above these enemy troops it states "following miva" or something similar.