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There are many benefits of belonging to 4x4 clubs. These benefits can include reduced vehicle insurance costs, invitations to organized events, and access to a network of contacts and information sources. The costs associated with joining 4x4 clubs vary by club, but membership is often free with merchandise sales and event entry fees funding club events and meets. The legality of the sport of off-roading is brought into question when an individual takes a 4x4 vehicle onto land without first consulting with the landowner. Specialized clubs can negate this issue by organizing designated event routes with the full agreement of the landowner.
Most 4x4 clubs are able to arrange special deals in regard to various essential services for an off-road vehicle. These deals can include reductions in annual fees for vehicle insurance, servicing, and general repairs. Being a member of an off-roading club can indicate to a service provider that the individual takes the activity seriously, which can present him or her as a more desirable client. These 4x4 clubs can also arrange transportation discounts if the individual possesses a specialized off-road vehicle that is not road-legal to facilitate attendance at club events.
The events arranged by 4x4 clubs are legal and planned and can be far more enjoyable and safe than a 4x4 vehicle being taken off-road by an individual. Planned club events are attended by safety and health service providers to ensure that assistance is available to any club member should an accident occur. These events are planned by club organizers and follow designated routes; not only is this approach safer for the club members taking part in the event, but it also reduces the environmental impact that off-roading can often produce.
Through regular planned meets organized by clubs, it is possible to build up a network of contacts and information sources. Off-roading club meets and events are also attended by entire families as opposed to the solitary sport that off-roading can often become; this in itself leads to a more enjoyable experience for all attendees. The influence of 4x4 clubs does not begin and end at specified club meets — the camaraderie present within the club network can be of assistance throughout the year. Often, 4x4 clubs also offer a range of merchandise that can add to the enjoyment of the activity, including overlay maps, vehicle manuals and parts, and specialist 4x4 off-roading equipment and clothing.
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