About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Texas Offroad Rider’s Ed Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain off-road education certification from Offroad Ed. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about off-road safety.

Topographic map
  • If you plan to spend a lot of time traveling through unfamiliar terrain, a topographic map is a good investment.
  • Topographic maps are created from aerial photographs and reveal the contours of the land, including hills, ridges, and valleys, as well as lakes, rivers, creeks, trails, and roads.
    • Contour lines show the elevation of the ground.
    • Contour intervals reveal how much vertical distance there is between each contour line. Closely spaced contour lines indicate very steep slopes.
    • Contour lines that are sharply tapered indicate an uphill direction.
    • Rounded contour lines typically indicate a downhill direction.