Topic: Traveling Alone Off Road during Summertime
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Traveling alone off the road in the summertime is usually quite safe as long as you stick to established, well traveled roads. Note the well traveled dirt road in the top photograph. Examine the road you are about to travel for signs of use. Look for lots of recent tire tracks and dust along the side of the road and for dust on the lower parts of trees and bushes along the side of the road. These are good indications that, if you get stuck, someone will be along to help eventually.

Traveling alone off the road on a seldom traveled road is another matter. If you get stuck, there may be no one coming along within days or even weeks to help you out. Note in the bottom photograph that there are fallen trees and branches on the road. Look for undisturbed leaves or pine needles in the roadway. These are signs that no one has driven the road in a long time and that no one but you may drive it again soon.

CAUTION: Never travel long distances on roads that look untraveled without a companion vehicle. If you become stuck and cannot get going again, always walk out following your vehicle tracks!
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