Be kind, your actions speak for all RL4WD users. Make sure everyone you meet remembers us as good people, it goes a long way in developing relationships. Be mindful of youthful passengers (future riders) and set a good example.
Never drink and drive. Do not be on any mind-altering substances while operating a RL4WD. Obey all local traffic and trail laws.
Never leave anyone behind. Keep the vehicle behind you in sight. At intersections, wait until the vehicle behind you sees which way you're going before making a turn.
Stay on marked trails and don’t cause erosion. Always cross water at bridges or designated areas with prepared bottoms (NEVER rut up an ecological waterway). Protect the environment in which we recreate, if we don’t the trail will close. Don’t cut switchbacks or make shortcuts. Use 4-low in sensitive areas where rutting damage can occur.
Trails usually cross or connect using DOT roadways, as such all vehicles need to carry road registration and liability insurance.
Bring the right gear for you and your vehicle, making sure it’s safely secured. Always carry a functional/current fire extinguisher and keep it within drivers reach. We highly recommend a spill kit and spare vehicle fluids as well. All vehicles should have a functional, undamaged roll cage. Carry a first aid kit. Firearms need to be safe and secure (where allowed).
Leave it better than you found it. If this is a Wrangler Rider sanctioned event, picking up garbage or other trail maintenance may be worth event points if properly documented (take pictures and write a story of your adventure!).
Do not attempt any trail beyond your skill level. While the vehicle may be capable of the trail or obstacle, it can take years to become experienced enough to do things safely. Trust your gut, go to workshops and training sessions prior to big adventures. Practice like-obstacles in a controlled environment before heading on a big ride.
Trails can cause vehicle scratches and/or damage. Spotters are not liable for your vehicle, you are. While aid is there to assist, it’s your ultimate decision to follow and execute any path of travel your vehicle is on.
If your vehicle is not fit for the trail or is not running properly, do not bring it on a trip where breakdown is likely.
Do NOT peer pressure someone to do something. Do not poke fun of someone for bypassing a trail or obstacle. Help new riders learn the ropes of trail riding, check egos at the trailhead.
Always use the buddy system. Never go out alone. Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return. Have a CB (most common), HAM or Beartooth communication device for off-grid communication between vehicles.
If using aftermarket lighting systems at night, be mindful of oncoming traffic and rearview viewing of vehicles in front of you. Dim or shut off your aftermarket lights to avoid blinding people, especially for oncoming traffic.
Know before you go! Always contact the local trail chapter or club. Get the most current trail conditions and have a good map and backup map. Get local emergency numbers to the area you’re going to and have them in your vehicle in the event of an emergency.
Upon completion of your trip, remove an invasive species (plants, seeds, etc.) before leaving the area. Pay special attention to your undercarriage.
Always inspect your vehicle after adventuring on a trail.
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