Off-road driving is becoming more popular every year; with more people investing in trucks Jeeps, and all the important modifications like aftermarket bumpers, specialty front truck bumpers, and strong steel bumpers to head out to the trails, the responsibility to go lightly has never been more important.
Beyond practicing safety and having the right equipment like tires, bumpers, and suspensions, you need to know how to lessen your impact on the areas you visit.
Have a great time but tread lightly by following these simple off-roading tips.
Travel Only On Designated Trails
The most important factor for reducing your impact on the off-road trails you enjoy is to only drive on designated trails and in permitted areas.
In doing so, you avoid damaging new ground which can negatively affect nature and the entire surroundings.
Stay on marked trails and take care of how you proceed along them; try not to make new ruts or widen the trails; avoid roosting.
Cross water at the designated areas, try not to turn around, and do everything you can to travel along without causing damage that will affect those coming behind you and the trails in general.
Most importantly, avoid soft or sensitive ground or mud on the trails, especially if it's wet or rainy out.
Even with the right steel bumpers with a winch to pull you out, you still want to avoid getting stuck.
When everyone respects the trails, everyone can enjoy them equally.
Respect Others On the Trail
To ensure everyone out off-roading has a good time and stays safe, learn trail etiquette like right of way and how to handle unexpected situations.
Be respectful of those sharing the land who are not off-roading and may be there on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or even horseback and yield to them.
Proceed slowly around others to keep the dust and noise low; always leave gates the way you found them.
Respect the Wildlife
In addition to having respect for other people, it is essential that you respect the wildlife you may encounter in your travels.
Stop to watch, take some photographs, but never interact with any wild animals you may come across.
Not only is it dangerous for both you and the animal, many trails pass through wildlife protected areas.
Anyone found interfering with wildlife could end up facing stiff fines. It should go without saying but this also means never feeding the wildlife.
Always Clean Up Afterward
Whether you're out for a few hours or all weekend, chances are you'll generate some trash.
Food containers and wrappers, supplies and repair parts for your truck, and anything else you have along with you will pollute and contaminate the wild environment if left behind.
Make cleaning up after your party a priority.
Pack light and green; always bring along a bag to collect all your trash.
Take the bag with you and dispose of it properly. If you gotta go out there, dispose of your own waste properly or pack it out.
Leave nothing behind.
Follow These Guidelines to Lessen Your Environmental Impact
If you participate in off-roading on public lands, you automatically agree to adhere to what are considered the “Golden Rules” of the sport.
One of them is to tread lightly and leave no trace.
This goes for your passage through the trails, your respect for others and the wildlife, abiding by the local laws, and cleaning up after yourself.
When you pay respect to these details and do your part to minimize your impact on the trails, you help keep them accessible to everyone for future off-roading fun!