This nine-year-old girl might be better at rock crawling than some people twice her age. But is it worth putting her in danger to do it? According to her father on the Jeep Experience Facebook page, her name is Faith, and she has been offroading with her family since she was two. At nine years old, she's now driving her dad's Jeep over the rocks by herself.

As you can see she's belted in and under her father's direct supervision and guidance. She shows immense confidence for someone her age and follows her dad's instructions on exactly what to do. Although, this could still be a very dangerous situation if something went wrong.

Previously, we saw a similar video with a six-year-old on a motorcycle driving on public roads through the desert. Voters decided by only a six-point margin that the adult should be in trouble for letting the kid ride the bike. Here, we have a slightly older child driving a vehicle off road. Where do you fall in this case? Is it still wrong to hand over control to a child? Let us know in the poll below and scroll down to watch the video.




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      Edsel
      • 7 Months Ago
      Every child should have a dad like that; encouraging, instructive and patient. I grew up on a farm. There were 100's of ways to injury yourself and injure others every single day. Complex farm equipment, ornery farm animals, and lots of sharp things to slice and dice your skin if you weren't always thinking about what you were doing. My mother and father encouraged me to look, listen and be patient. I started driving tractors and trucks when I was 8 y/o. The only injury I sustained on the farm was a broken arm...from sledding down our hill. I hope Faith and her dad continue their off-road adventures.
      Hernan
      • 7 Months Ago
      Offroad, I don't have a problem with it. This is how you get REALLY good at something - start young.
      Katchy
      • 7 Months Ago
      The fact that the man talking says, "a little to the driver" lets me know that he is somewhat experienced in crawling and his daughter has most likely been around this long enough for him to trust her. Most uneducated crawlers would say left or right. The educated ones say driver or passenger to avoid confusion. I think she did perfectly fine and he coached her well. Besides, so many mindless people let there kids drive jet-skis that don't even have brakes. At least she is strapped in with a roll cage and a brake peddle.
        djallen30
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Katchy
        Faith has been wheeling in jeeps her entire life. Iv just recently got brave after two years of staying in the jeep to correct her mistakes. Her mistakes are very far if any after all of her experience. She wheels Breyer then most people Iv seen off road.
      prince_david
      • 7 Months Ago
      This kid is going places. She has such apotential. Kids have so much they can do we should not limit them.
      Kuro Houou
      • 7 Months Ago
      One it's off road, so no technical legal issue. Two it's supervised. How's this any different from having 7 year olds karting at 70 mph? Just a different form of motor sports. I plan on teaching my kids to drive around 10 years old most likely through karting. Heck if I see them do well I'd let them drive my car, as long as they are big enough to use it. Better to have a parent who cares and teaches their kids to drive then relying on our horrible drivers ed program. Our dring tests are way to easy and I guarantee my kid by the time he turns 16 will drive better then 90% of other drivers out there. Nothing wrong with that.
      DRC
      • 7 Months Ago
      I've been offroading plenty of times when my friends let their 10-12 year olds drive on the trails. After years of watching their parents, they know what they are doing and can be pretty damn good. As for the parent getting in trouble, get over yourselves and stop trying to police other people's parenting. That kid is probably a better driver than half the people on the road and the ones I've seen have always been under good supervision until they get good at driving. There are always plenty of spotters around, and nobody is going to let the kid get into a bad situation. I suppose it'd be safer to just let the kid play out on the street unsupervised or drop them off at the mall for hours at a time to get them out of your hair...
      domingorobusto
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is pretty safe, I don't have any problem with it. It's certainly a bit safer than the kid on the motorcycle. She's just crawling around, in first gear low-range, which means her maximum speed and therefore maximum crash energy is very low. About the only true danger I see is cabin intrusion in a rollover, since they aren't running any doors, but with the difficulty of wheeling she's doing, a rollover is extremely unlikely. And most guys disable their airbags when wheeling because they aren't useful in a low speed roll (about the only crash type you ever see wheeling) and it'd be more unnecessary things to fix after a roll. I have zero problem with this, especially seeing the confidence and skill she exhibits.
      Keef
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow, she actually did really good! In other news, there are 9 year olds learning how to fly airplanes because there is no minimum age for flight training. There is a minimum age to earn a private pilot license - 16 for unpowered vehicles and 17 for powered. Why anybody thinks there should be a minimum age to learn how to drive a car in a non-public place I'm not sure. There are toddlers racing go karts all across the country right now.
      jamescmathews
      • 7 Months Ago
      Forget if what she is doing is legal or not. What I don't understand is why people consistently shoot video in portrait mode and not landscape mode. This is the most annoying and absurd part of this video!! Landscape mode people! Just imagine what your TV looks like and shoot video that way.
      border411@yahoo.com
      • 7 Months Ago
      There is/was no danger there. What is she going to do, flip a Jeep on a 2' tall rock. She had great throttle control. I am impressed!
      Cheyne Etie
      • 7 Months Ago
      Is this your kid? Are you in direct danger if the kid makes a mistake? If you answer no to both then your opinion DOES NOT MATTER.
        R
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Cheyne Etie
        Cheyne, exactly, it is not your daughter, and she is on private land, so haters, hate in silence, no one else cares,
        EZen
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Cheyne Etie
        That's not how laws work...
      superchan7
      • 7 Months Ago
      If it's not on a public road, and there is no danger to the public, I can't really say much. Seems like the girl has the skill.
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