Off-roading has become an extreme adventure for many, with more people hitting the trails with their own offroad showpiece than ever before. The more, the merrier I always say when it comes to this kind of fun, since it can be an experience like no other!
More people out with their trucks does mean more contact with other enthusiasts, so it’s important to practice a certain degree of off-roading etiquette when sharing the trails so everyone has a great time.
Before loading up and heading out for a day of hill climbing and water forging with your prized offroading truck, make sure you’re being considerate to everyone out there trying to enjoy off-roading just like you!
Always Be Prepared
Nothing can ruin a day on the trails faster for you or others than being poorly prepared. Before you head out, have a basic understanding of where you’re going, what the climate and terrain is like, and then prepare your truck for these different challenges. Carry recovery gear, extra water, a first aid kit, spare ropes and straps, a shovel, and anything else that could be useful in getting a truck unstuck. For the sake of your safety, your enjoyment, your truck’s safety, and the enjoyment of all the others out on the trails with you, be as prepared as possible.
Always Be Considerate
Yeah I know - sounds like I'm repeating the Boy Scout Oath here. But consideration is important, even when off-roading. Remember the annoying and less considerate things you’ve experienced yourself? Well, avoid doing just that to others. Pass a slower or stopped offroader only in safe places and proceed slowly to avoid dusting them, especially if they are in open trucks.
Never tailgate, even if the driver in front of you is going slower than you thought was possible. Give every driver enough time and room to carefully negotiate obstacles safely. If you find your truck wheel-spinning, lay off the gas and start again rather than flinging dirt and rocks all over. Generally speaking, consideration and common sense go hand in hand on the trail. Exercise both so that everyone has a great day out on the trails with their own off-roading wonder truck!
Always Help Out If You Can
Nobody likes getting stuck on the trails or dealing with other truck problems. While someone else’s problem may not affect you and your truck, it’s a great thing to pull over and lend a hand if you can. Sometimes a few more people to help out will get the trail cleared quicker or resolve the issue and get everyone going again.
Stop if you see someone walking and offer a ride. If someone’s hurt and you can help, by all means stop and do so, or offer to go get them the help they need. Kindness displayed to your fellow off-roader has its ways of returning itself when you’re likely to need it most.
Always Respect Nature
Without nature - the hills, the streams, the woods, the fields, the piles of rocks you love to climb - there would be no such thing as off-roading. Always respect nature and avoid causing damage with your favorite offroad truck while having fun. Stay on designated trails and avoid rock stacking.
If you have to move some rocks to get out of a tough jam, put things back the way you found it. Don’t interact with any wildlife you may come across and don’t ever leave trash behind. Take nothing, leave nothing behind, and respect what nature has provided you - an opportunity to enjoy offroading.
So the next time you head out for a day on the trails with your decked out truck or Jeep, keep these important off-roading rules in mind. They’ll keep you safer, give you less frustration, and make sure that everyone out there has a great time. Off-roading is a great activity to be shared by everyone. With good planning and preparation as well as consideration to each other and the environment, you’ll have the time of your life out there and maybe even meet a few new off-roading buddies!