More and more trails are being closed down lately and although they are not all related to the users driving ethics, displaying good driving ethics and consideration for the land helps to keep off-roaders in a positive light.
A concerned off-roader who displays good driving ethics always leaves the area in better shape than when they arrived. Waste is properly disposed of properly, fire is used respectfully – in moderation and only with proper authorization, and you take every precaution to avoid spreading invasive species.
An off-roader displaying good driving ethics has respect for others using the trails including hikers, bikers, campers as well as their fellow off-roading enthusiasts. Although with off-roading trails there is expected to be activity and even a certain level of noise, however, always do your best not to outwardly try to disturb others. Granted, if campers are camping out along a off-roading trail they should expect a certain level of activity as well as noise, however when possible try to hold the noise level and dirt level down when driving past them. Keep the excessive “after trail partying” noise level down as well.
Encourage your friends with you also to abide by these standards. With everyone working together, we can give off-roaders a better image and cease the negativity from the environmentalists and the media.