Responsible Off-road Driving
Damage to the ecology is a very real threat to the future availability of
off-road trails and other facilities. Every owner of a vehicle that has
been designed for off-road use, acquires with the purchase of the vehicle,
an important obligation. That is to preserve the environment for future
Most manufacturers of off-road vehicles realise that they have an ecological
responsibility and therefore, offer the purchasers of new vehicles, a training
course on the use of that vehicle. But what happens in the second-hand market?
Most off-road vehicles with 4-wheel drive capabilities, will do no harm to
sensitive areas if driven by someone who is sufficiently equipped with the
knowledge and skills on how to go about it.
The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs, together with
important stakeholders in the off-road industry, have developed a handy
guide on the ethics of responsible off-road driving. Even the most
experienced amongst us can benefit from applying the ethics contained
in this guide.
This handy guide is available on this website. Just click on the link
below to open the pdf document.
A Practical Guide for Recreational Trail Users