OKoffroad Trail Etiquette
Take only photos, and leave only footprints
Most of us realize that many of our trails are hanging on the edge of closure. Let's not be the ones to rip it up.
Bring a Vehicle in Good Condition:
Check your vehicle, or have your vehicle checked before an offroad event to ensure its trail worthiness/readiness. Don't have a breakdown that was avoidable with proper maintenance.
Don't rely on others for food, gas, and various items you 'know' you're going to need.
Recovery Points and Recovery Gear:
Solid recovery points front and rear are required - tie-down points are not enough. Having your own recovery gear shows you take this sport seriously.
Animals often come along on the trail. Ensure that yours behave in a manner that reflects on you and the group. Use good judgement!
Given the nature of the sport, fourwheeling is as family oriented as is possible. You are responsible for your kids' behavior, and safety.
If you make modifications to the trail that the next group will not appreciate (for example, making a trail too easy, because of your stock truck's low angles, and ground clearance), undo the mods. There may be exceptions to this, if your group ascertains that most rigs will value the improvement.
Not everyone has a radio/CD player, and not everyone has your taste in music. Don't be guilty of noise pollution.
Consider who is in earshot before you @#%&*!@#** (cuss).
No alcohol on trail rides. Open container laws apply on the trail. Let's enjoy a cold one later.
If someone spots for you across rough terrain, or tows you out, return the favor where possible.
The Truck in front:
Give the truck in front of you plenty of room. Don't ride their bumper. When approaching an obstacle make sure the truck in front has cleared it before attempting it.
The Truck behind:
When trail riding in convoy it is wise not to lose sight of the person behind you. If they get lost, this holds up the whole group.
When trail riding in convoy do not engage in any type of driving activity that will endanger other people, or, that might cause damage to someone else's vehicle. Be considerate of others.
Take it with you.
An interpretation of Four Wheel Finesse - Trail Etiquette by Jim Allen
Author of "Jeep," "Chevy and GMC Pickup Performance Handbook," "Illustrated Jeep Buyers Guide," "Jeep 4x4 Performance Handbook," "Classic 4x4s Buyers Guide," and about a thousand magazine articles on four-wheel drive topics since 1982.
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