So, why do millions of people love off-roading? Here are just a few reasons:
- Push the limits of off-road vehicles
- Feel a sense of adventure exploring the unknown
- Get muddy
- Take part in competitions
- Enjoy family gatherings
Off-roading, a lifestyle that represents the American spirit of exploration, has been popular during the spring and summer for ages. It’s bold. It’s adventurous. It’s a family affair. But most of all, it requires both skillful driving techniques and knowledge.
If you’re new to the off-roading life, let’s start with the following question:
What is Off-Roading?
Off-roading is the act of taking an off-road vehicle (ORV) off the city streets and highways and trekking across any terrain that your vehicle is built for.
What counts as an ORV? According to the National Parks Service, any motor vehicle “designed for or capable of cross-country travel on or immediately over land, water, sand, snow, ice, marsh, swampland, or other natural terrain” is considered an ORV.
In the U.S., ATV, UTV, 4WD vehicles, snowmobiles and motorcycles are common ORVs, and Jeep, Land Rover, Polaris, Arctic Cat, Yamaha and Honda are well-known brands in the ORV community. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 8 million registered 4WD vehicles and 5.6 million Powersports vehicles.
And what do these millions of off-roaders have in common? Off-roaders take their ORVs to terrain of all types: mountains, deserts, forests, rocky canyons, and more, but all off-roaders are united by one thing: their sense of adventure and desire to get off the streets to ride across the untamed wilderness.