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John Stewart

Good Driving Ethics Help Keep Trails Open For All

Good Driving Ethics Help Keep Trails Open For All

Summer is here, and for many off-road enthusiasts, that means spending even more time on the numerous trails and paths available to us. This is a good time to review the code of ethics that all conscientious drivers live by. Sometimes we become a bit complacent, and forget the fundamentals that have guided drivers for years.

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Big Cheese

Trail Rating Guidelines

Trail conditions change, and something what is hard for one driver might be easy for another, even if they are driving the same vehicle. A rainstorm might make an easy trail impassable, or a hard trail easy.

Rating trails is tough and subjective. Be aware that conditions can change and the experience level of the person doing the rating may be different from yours. While we've tried to make this system useful, take these or any rating methods with a grain of salt - use our ratings as guidelines only.

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John Stewart

TREAD LIGHTLY! AND HUMMER HELP OPEN TRAIL SYSTEM IN OCALA NATIONAL FOREST

TREAD LIGHTLY! AND HUMMER HELP OPEN TRAIL SYSTEM IN OCALA NATIONAL FORESTDespite high temperatures, thunderstorms, and hoards of bugs, nearly 70 volunteers helped sign a new designated route in Florida last weekend as part of a new initiative from the nonprofit Tread Lightly! called HUMMER’s Recreation Rescue.

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John Stewart

Be A Good Sport: Tread Lightly

Be A Good Sport: Tread Lightly

Last time I covered the code of ethics that guides off-road driving. I’d like to go into greater detail here, and will use the Tread Lightly! pledge as a guide.

Tread Lightly! has separate categories for land and water, though the rules are similar for both. I’ve combined them, because many off-road enthusiasts also enjoy boating. (For more on Tread Lightly!, go to www.treadlightly.org.) They make it easy to remember the rules.

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John Stewart

Pack A Fire Extinguisher So You Don’t Get Burned

 

Extinguishers come in many sizes. I’ve found the 3 lb. size adequate for vehicles. Buy two high-quality refillable models. You’ll spend a few extra dollars, but it’ll be worth it. Think of a fire extinguisher as an insurance policy. You don’t want to cut corners there.

Mount one on the passenger side of the transmission tunnel. The other should be mounted in a visible spot on or near the back gate. The key here is that it is accessible. Too many people mount or place their extinguishers under boxes or other stuff in the back. It won’t do you any good if you can’t grab it quickly.

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