The main rules commonly in place for 4x4 mud-bogging games include treating the event property with respect, age limits of 18 to 21 years, and truck specification requirements. Other common rules for 4x4 mud-bogging games include prohibitions against underage drinking and reckless driving.
Participants often need to sign liability waivers before being allowed in the mud-bogging area, and minors participating in the event may also need to provide parental consent. Many events require pre-race inspections of vehicles to ensure that all brakes and safety equipment work properly and effectively.
Specific game rules may mirror those of standard races, with designated start and finish lines, and drivers are typically required to come to a complete stop before the start signal. Bounty races, which are races that require the participant to drive as far as possible through seemingly impassable terrain, often have rules that award prizes to the winner who goes the farthest into the mud pit before stopping or backing out. Other variant rules include requirements for navigating around cones placed around the driving space, and requirements for drag-style racing where participants attempt to meet, as closely as possible, their anticipated times from one end of the track to the other.