SAFETY RULES FOR 4WD OFFROAD DRIVING
While you might be experienced in four-wheel driving, it is important that you have a safety checklist with you and let others know who is with you on the trip. Here is a list to get you started. These safety points should apply to you and anyone you take along with you. It is always better to take the time to make sure everyone is aware of these safety rules before you leave for the day. You don’t want to be telling people safety points as you go, especially after the fact. In addition to these safety points, you might want to add your own safety points to this list.
ALWAYS LET SOMEONE KNOW
Always let someone know where you are and where you are going. Always make sure someone knows what time you are expected to return. It is easy to get stuck even in relatively easy terrain.
OFFROAD IN PAIRS
Offroading alone is extremely dangerous. Always have another vehicle when you are out offroading. You might need the extra pulling power if you get stuck.
PACK FOR SURVIVAL
Even a Sunday drive on the beach can go wrong. Always pack the gear you need to get you through the night, handle medical emergencies and signal for help.
KEEP IT TIED DOWN
Equipment that is not tied down can fly around so much it can even turn your vehicle on its side. Loose items in your vehicle will become dangerous missiles. Always keep everything tied down and secure.
SEATBELTS ARE FOR WEARING
Just because you are not on the roads, there is no reason not to be wearing a seatbelt. Make sure everyone wears a seatbelt at all times.
STAY INSIDE THE 4WD
Arms and legs must remain in your vehicle at all times. Arms and legs hanging out a vehicle can be torn completely off. Close windows if necessary.
DON’T HOLD THE ROLLBAR
Holding the rollbar is extremely dangerous. Holding onto a roll bar can result in crushed hands and lost fingers.
TAKE A BREAK WHEN YOU ARE TIRED
It is a lot more challenging to concentrate when you are tired. Always take a break when you need it. If you are travelling long distances, always make sure you get 8 hours of sleep between driving shifts.
RESPECT WINCHES AND STRAPS
Always treat winches, straps and tie-downs with respect. These devices are under high tension when in use and can be extremely dangerous.
CARRY THE GEAR YOU NEED
Never go out on the track without the necessary tyre repair and wheel change kits you need. It’s even better to carry more than one spare wheel and tyre.
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