RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS

Respect the rights of others, including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed.

Be considerate of others on the road or trail. Leave gates as you find them. If crossing private property, be sure to ask permission from the landowner(s). Yield the right of way to those passing you traveling uphill. Yield to mountain bikers, hikers, and horses. When encountering horses on the trail, move to the side of the trail, stop, turn off your engine, and speak – you want the horse to know you are human.

Ask the rider the best way to proceed. Proceed with caution around horses and pack animals. Sudden, unfamiliar activity may spook animals – possibly causing injury to animals, handlers, and others on the trail. Do not idly ride around in camping, picnicking, trailhead, or residential areas. Keep speeds low around crowds and in camping areas. Keep the noise and dust down.

EDUCATE YOURSELF Educate yourself prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations om public agencies, planning for your trip, taking recreation skills classes, d knowing how to operate your equipment safely. Obtain a map – motor vehicle use map where appropriate – of your destination and determine which areas are open to off-highway vehicles. Make a realistic plan and stick to it. Always tell someone of your travel plans. Contact the land manager for area restrictions, closures, and permit requirements.

Check the weather forecast before you go. Prepare for the unexpected by packing necessary emergency items. Buckle-up! Seat belts are mandatory. Know your limitations. Watch your time, your fuel, and your energy. Take an off-highway drivers course to learn more about negotiating terrain in a four wheel drive vehicle. Make sure your vehicle is mechanically up to task. Be prepared with tools, supplies, spares, and a spill kit for trailside repairs.

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Tips to Buying a Car for a Teen

There are many things to consider when purchasing a car for a teenager. The reliability of the car is extremely important so that the young person driving the vehicle is safe at all times. It is a good idea to make sure that the engine is functioning properly so that people do not have to worry about accidents taking place.

Usually it is a good idea to verify the brakes are working in proper fashion so that teenagers do not have to worry about being unable to stop in emergency situations. Experienced drivers are usually able to deal with various weather conditions when they are driving. Younger people may have difficulty dealing with these conditions because they do not have enough experience behind the wheel.

Teenagers usually do better when they have access to an automatic transmission vehicle. Using a manual transmission takes a lot of precision and can be very difficult for younger people to master unless they were taught to drive this type of vehicle from the beginning. Making sure that the vehicle always has brake fluid in it and that the teenager clearly understands the signs that there are problems with the vehicle is also extremely important.

Sometimes it is a good idea to consider a smaller vehicle so that the teenager does not have as much trouble parallel parking. Smaller vehicles also tend to allow more control when steering. It is usually a good idea for a parent to go along and make sure that the teenager is able to handle the vehicle before purchasing the machine. When a teenager is not comfortable behind the wheel they often will become nervous and make unnecessary mistakes.

Parents may also want to consider the price of the vehicle. Sometimes taking into account the amount of money that will need to be invested in a vehicle is also important so that the vehicle can stay in top condition as long as possible. Verifying that an insurance company considers the vehicle to be safe before purchasing it is also a good idea.

Parents want to make sure that there are working airbags and seatbelts in the car. Safety measures should be very important so that young people are not in any unnecessary danger when they are driving. The majority of parents become very overwhelmed when they are trying to choose the right vehicle for their children, but these few tips should help.

Things to Budget for When Purchasing a New Car

Individuals have many things to budget for when they are choosing to buy a new car. People must take into account the amount of money that they make a weekly basis before they make this type of purchase. Usually an individual will spend approximately 20% of their disposable income on car related expenses. Doing some advance planning is extremely necessary so that you do not become overwhelmed with your car related costs.

Some people can hire a driver if they have a lot of extra money. This is usually not an option for the majority of people because they are not financially well-off enough to Individuals have many things to budget for when they are choosing to buy a new car. People must take into account the amount of money that they make a weekly basis before they make this type of purchase.Usually an individual will spend approximately 20% of their disposable income on car related expenses. Doing some advance planning is extremely necessary so that you do not become overwhelmed with your car related costs. Some people can hire a driver if they have a lot of extra money. This is usually not an option for the majority of people because they are not financially well-off enough to have such a luxury. Most people have to get some sort of financial assistance in order to be able to purchase the vehicle. The majority of experts recommend having at least 3 to 6 months worth of payments to put down on a vehicle before making the purchase.

People must also consider the insurance that they must buy in order to be on the road legally. The type of car that they choose to purchase has a lot to do with how much they will pay per month in insurance related costs. People must also factor in registration to their transport related budget. Inspection is also part of the equation that people must consider when they are purchasing a vehicle.

If you have to get a loan to buy the car you will have to pay interest on it and this adds to the cost. Smart individuals usually investigate all of their options before making a payment agreement so that they can get the least amount of interest. Many times people can handle all of the details with a dealership before they sign the paperwork so they can get a low interest rate on their car loan.

People also need to make sure that the oil and brake fluid in the car are changed on a regular basis. Having a tire replacement budget is usually a good idea for individuals who live in an area that has a lot of rough terrain. When a person makes a choice in regards to the type of vehicle that they are going to buy they should also consider the possible problems that they may have with the machine. Doing an investigation regarding the cost of vehicle repairs is also imperative so that you know how much you will have to save to cope with an emergency situation.

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Car

There are many reasons to buy a used car, but for most people it comes down to money. A new car costs a lot, no doubt about it, while a used car can be purchased for half, or many times much less than half the price of a new car.

If you are careful to look at quality and price, model and date, you can often get a real bargain when purchasing a used car. It is much easier to both get financing for the lesser amount and to pay it back each month. And if you can’t get financing, it’s a lot easier to save up for a used car. So what are some of the pros of buying a used car? Pros…

  • * Easier to pay for.
  • * Easier to get financing for.
  • * You won’t mind so much if little Johnny pokes a hole in the back of the seat with his new pencil.
  • * Won’t matter so much if it is stolen.
  • * If you just want a paddock basher and love tinkering with old cars.
  • * You could do it up and sell it at a profit.
  • * If it’s in good condition and you keep it for long enough, it could be worth a fortune one day.
  • * You could restore it to new with the help of your son, teach him about mechanics and use it as a bonding time, then give it to him when he goes to uni.

And what about the cons?

  • * It will wear out more quickly.
  • * Something major could go wrong with it and then you’ll have added expense.
  • * If you are not careful, you could be sold something that’s not worth having.
  • * It may not be safe to drive.
  • * You will probably have less or no warrantee on it. Some used cars are sold ‘as is’.

* You will get even less as a trade-in when you go to sell it.

* You may not be able to sell it.

* If it’s ancient, not even the wreckers will want it.

* You might find it hard to get passed for rego without some major work.

* Can you insure it for a decent amount?

* Will it be likely to break down on a long journey or at the most inconvenient moment?

* It might leak.

There are many things against buying a used car, but most people do it regardless, especially for their first car. If you look carefully, you may well get a car that will last you for years without too many hassles.