EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY
Equipment & Safety FIRST PRIORITY IS SAFETY ON THE TRAIL!! Do your maintenance BEFORE you come to the ride! Breakage happens but it should not be because a member has faulty or damaged equipment when they arrive for the ride. Carry hand tools, a flashlight, a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher . If you have any medical condition that requires the use of special equipment or supplies such as Epi Pen or Diabetic supplies or any other, make sure you have those supplies on board and that someone else knows where they are and how to administer. Battery tie downs are required. Carry a spare tire or a means of re-inflating your tires should you experience a flat. We require a working CB radio to aid in communication. New members shall have a grace period before this is required. Front and rear tow hooks are required. Winches should be in good repair and equipped with RATED accessories, such as tree saver straps, shackles or D- rings, snatch block and quality leather gloves. Steel winch cable should have a coat or some type of energy relieving device on it while under tension. Bystanders and spotters should position themselves behind tree or other obstacles to prevent injury during winching operations. Do not use chains as tow straps. While on the trail and driving to and from the trail head, always keep the vehicle behind you in sight! Especially at any intersection of trails or roads! Tie everything down inside. Your gear will go flying around if you roll over or lay the vehicle on its side. Loose items become missiles which can injure and kill anyone inside. Everyone wears a seatbelt. Make sure everyone is belted in before moving the vehicle. The driver should be last to exit the vehicle.. Lock it down. When driving off-road, you are seldom on level ground. Make sure your vehicle will not roll or slide away from you. When you stop, put the vehicle in park, apply the emergency brake, and turn off the engine. Use a wheel chock on the down hill side of the lowest tire. NEVER stand between vehicles on hills or while either vehicle is running. The driver should be the last person to exit the vehicle. Arms, legs, and all body parts must remain inside. Any arms or legs hanging outside can get torn off by the trees, cliff walls, or rocks just outside your vehicle. If the vehicle begins to tip your instinct is to put your hand out. There is no way you will be able to stop a vehicle this way. Learn to grab your seatbelts or hand holds installed inside of the vehicle. Also, make sure no one holds onto the roll bar. Their fingers will get smashed in the event of a roll over or contact with an obstacle. If you are new to off road driving wait for instructions when traversing an obstacle that you are not confidant of. Ask for help if you are unsure.