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March 2010 Desert Dirt - Off Road News

Posted in News on March 1, 2010
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Editor's Note: Submit your dirt to jordan.may@off-roadweb.com.

Huseman Takes the TORC title
Rick Huseman, driver of the No. 36 Monster Energy/Traxxas/Toyota/Toyo Tires Tundra, won the Pro 4X4 Truck class championship for The Off-Road Championship series. Finishing second overall was Kyle LeDuc, driver of the No. 99 Rockstar/Makita/Ford Trucks/Toyo Tires F-150. Both Huseman and LeDuc's 900hp trucks rely on 35X12.50R17 Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires for grip.
For more information, visit: Toyo Tires, www.toyotires.com.

Nation of Go
Have you been looking for a place online to upload your favorite trail rides? BFG has just launched its all new website Nationofgo.com. The Nation of GO allows members to create driver profiles, map roads, tracks and trails, upload photos and videos, post blogs and events, start discussions on forums, and follow pro drivers. BFG will also be taking the new GO network on the road. The tour will travel the country to drive awareness, and along the way, post pictures and videos and share stories about the journey. Nation of GO members can follow the tour online by visiting the Nation of GO site, the Nation of GO Tour blog (blog.nationofgo.com), Twitter (twitter.com/nationofgo) and YouTube (youtube.com/nationofgo).
For more information, visit: Nation of Go, www.nationofgo.com.

Help Stop H.R. 980
The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on May 5 to consider H.R. 980, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA). This legislation was introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). It will designate 24 million acres as wilderness and components of the National Wilderness Preservation System in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. This wilderness designation will make the land off-limits to off-highway riders.

With the Omnibus Public Land Management Act recently signed into law, which prohibited off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on over 2 million acres, Congress continues pressing for passage of even more wilderness bills that would take away additional OHV trails enjoyed responsibly by your friends and family.

We need to stop bills like this and we need your help.

Please take a few minutes out of your day and visit the following link to take action. This bill will devastate the off-road community and spawn new bills just like it.

To take action, visit: http://capwiz.com/amacycle/issues/alert/?alertid=13201271.

What Really Causes Accidents on the Road
Everyone is talking about the dangers of texting while driving, and even President Obama recently signed an executive order banning federal workers from sending text messages while driving government vehicles. But are there other driving distractions more dangerous than texting that have plagued drivers for years?

LeaseTrader.com polled more than 3,000 drivers nationwide and asked men and women if there are other more dangerous distractions. Texting while driving is getting all the attention right now but you might be surprised at what people had to say. Check out these stats.

Men:
Road Rage Frustration (18.3 percent)
Eating/Drinking (14.7 percent)
Checking Out Other Drivers (10.9 percent)
Kids in Car (9.8 percent)
Other Passenger Conversations (9.5 percent)
Reading Paper (9.3 percent)
Texting While Driving (7.6 percent)
Messing With Radio (7.1 percent)
Navigation (4.2 percent)
Avoiding Inclement Weather (4.0 percent)
Shaving (3.2 percent)
Other (1.4 percent)

Women:
Kids in Car (26.3 percent)
Putting on Makeup (16.6 percent)
Messing With Radio (10.4 percent)
Navigation (9.5 percent)
Avoiding inclement weather (8.4 percent)
Other Passengers in Vehicle (7.1 percent)
Eating/Drinking (6.8 percent)
Texting While Driving (4.2 percent)
Reading (3.1 percent)
In-Car Video (2.5 percent)
Road Rage Frustration (2.4 percent)
Other (2.7 percent)

If you want to learn more about the testing process, visit: Lease Trader, www.leasetrader.com.

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