What's your off-roading etiquette like?

Posted by: Cal on 24/04/2013

Category: General

Just when you thought that going off-road was the ultimate in freedom from society's constraints - who needs oppressive roads after all - we're here to tell you to mind your manners behind the wheel.

We're talking, of course, about off-roading etiquette - those generally agreed-upon courtesies to fellow drivers that are good to practise.

Let's have a look at some of the main ones.

Right of way

If you are travelling uphill, you have the right of way over those going in the opposite direction, and vice-versa.

That's because drivers heading downhill have much better visibility.

Take care when visibility is low

You can't always be sure who else is on an off-road track at the same time as you are, so it makes good sense to take blind curves and other low visibility sections slowly, just in case another vehicle suddenly appears.

Offer assistance where required

If you see someone stopped on the trail and looking like they might need a bit of help, stop and say hi and see whether there is anything you can do.

They may just need a jumpstart, a tug out of a bog, or a hand changing one of their 4x4 tyres after a bit of a bumpy ride.

Plus, you may just need their assistance one day!