America The Beautiful: Exploring The Roads (And Trails) Less Traveled
Americans are known for seeking the roads less traveled and, in many cases, continuing to journey even after the road ends. More than 50 million Americans went off-roading in 2005, a 42 percent increase since 2000.
For fans of off-roading, there are two considerations when taking to the dirt and rocks of off-road driving: safety and ecology. Safety starts with having the right equipment-a vehicle that’s designed for uneven, unpredictable terrain and tough, dependable tires that can take the punishment of dirt, rocks, ravines and more. And by following ecological guidelines, you can help ensure that trails will be enjoyable for other adventurers.
1. Inform someone of where you are going and when you expect to return.
2. Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel.
3. Ride at safe speeds for existing conditions.
4. Travel straight up and down hills-never traverse the face of a hill; it may cause your vehicle to slip sideways or roll over.
5. Cross large rocks or other obstacles slowly, at an angle, one wheel at a time.