What do you think about when you hear the words off roading?

When I first bought my Jeep, I didn’t know what I was getting into. I imagined picking a rural road, field, or creek and trying out what my new Jeep could do. WRONG! Boy was I naïve, as this is not what off road driving is about. I felt apprehensive, so before I made a really big mistake, I started looking for someone to tell me more about off roading. It took awhile, but I finally was invited to an Off Road club meeting. This is where I realized that off roading is more than a ride in the country.

off road clubsJoin the Family

The off roading community is a group of people who started as strangers, but through common interests, they have become a tight knit family. They help educate their members about how to properly drive off road and about the environment. In times of need, you will find them helping wherever they possibly can. Whether it is dealing with a natural disaster or helping a family with their medical needs, don’t be surprised to find an Off Road club member already there. They have fundraisers for school supplies, food, water, clothing and money to help local charities. They visit children in the hospital and the vets in the V.A.  They take care of each other and the communities in which we live and wheel in.

Protect the Enviroment

The most important parts of off roading are not damaging the environment and making sure everyone practices safe wheeling rules.

Since our hobby is driving on country trails and county roads, respecting the surrounding communities and taking care of the environment is essential. Yes, the organizations and clubs Easy Off Roading recognize respect the environment, and they strongly encourage their members to follow the Tread Lightly guidelines and environmental rules and laws. Tread Lightly promotes responsible outdoor recreation through stewardship, education and communication.

off road clubsLearn your Vehicle and Know Your Limitations

Knowing your vehicle is essential to your safety, as is making sure you have the proper recovery gear and then learning how to use it correctly. These are exactly the kinds of things off roading organizations and clubs help with. It is almost inevitable that someone will need to be rescued out of a mud hole, on the trail, or from a ditch, on a country road or in town or after an ice storm, so know your capabilities before you get to that point. This is where off road organizations and clubs are important. In Tennessee we support the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association. SFWDA website has an education section that has important information about recovery gear safety.

Plan Your Vehicle Upgrades

Before upgrading your vehicle, go to an off-road club and ask for advice. Go in knowing that everyone you ask will have a different opinion, but you will, at the least, learn the terminology you will need before going to a 4×4 repair garage. Also, ask for a referral to a qualified garage that works on off-road vehicles. As far as minor repairs, you will find club members willing to help or advise you what to do.

Off roading is a great way to spend time with your family, in nature and away from the pressures of the world. You will meet new people, learn new skills and build confidence in yourself. If you haven’t already, you will start noticing other Jeepers giving you the Jeep wave.

Our blog welcomes input from off road organizations, clubs and off road enthusiasts.

Your comments or suggestions will be appreciated.

Off roading is more than just crawling on rocks or a drive in the country; it’s a lifestyle.

Good Luck, be safe, don’t drive beyond your knowledge and learn from others that have the experience.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Great article! A buddy and I founded Rock Solid Jeep Club almost 21 years ago have been jeep’n for almost 30 years. We are members or Southern Four Wheel Drive Association and are Trail Guides for the Tennessee Mountains Jeep Jamboree USA based in Oak Ridge. We are also members of Tread Lightly. Our club (and as individuals) have ridden trails in various areas of the country, including the Colorado and Utah. But some of the best riding east of the Mississippi is Windrock Park. We also ride in the Royal Blue area of the Upper Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. Taking care of the land we ride is of extreme importance and we are very active in that aspect. Also, the article captures the need for clubs and the camaraderie’s that are formed quite well. Jeeping and ORV recreation is great sport, but does have to have the respect for the land, the vehicles, your ability, your comrades, and other land users in mind. Nemo Tunnel is a fun place to enjoy. Thanks for providing it

    • Gary,

      I appreciate what you wrote about our post “Why Off Road Clubs are Important for New Jeep Owners”.
      I recently started EasyOffRoading.com after my wife and I went to Wooly’s Off Road Park and met a couple that just got married and bought a JKU.
      It was the first time taking it off-road and, because he was not with a group or club, he almost rolled it. I told him “they needed to get involved with an Off-Road Club so they could learn from experienced off roaders”.
      The wife Very Sternly said ”He will never take it off road again”!
      At that moment I told my wife “There has to be an Easier Way” to tell new 4wd owners about off roading.
      At that moment I started working on getting Easy Off Roading Trademark. After a year I received the Trademark in May 2018

      Your help would be welcomed.
      I am looking for likeminded off roaders that would like to tell beginners about their club and what their club is about. Off road clubs can also post articles about their rides, event and helpful tips.
      Most Importantly there is no charge for Off Road Clubs posting articles. Don’t worry about how your writing sound because we have writers (ghost writers) that will rewrite anything you send to be posted and optimize for Google search. We posted a description for Mule Town Jeepers and what they initially sent was not what we posted.

      Send me information about your club and I will give it to my writers. Lets see what they can do.
      Send it to: ed@easyOffRoading.com

      Ed Witman,

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