Below are a list of some “Do’s and Don’ts” when going offroad. While this list covers a lot, it is not an all inclusive list and common sense should be applied to help ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. The items in this list are suggestions to help you have a safer and more fun wheeling adventure.
- Have a plan and ensure that others are aware of your plan
- Ensure that your vehicle is mechanically able to handle the offroad adventure
- Have commonly used tools, lubricants, fluids and spare parts as needed so you can conduct repairs on the trail.
- Ensure that you have emergency supplies packed such as a first aid kit, water, food and additional clothing.
- Have a communication plan in place and ensure that at a minimum, the first (lead) and last (trail) vehicle are able to communicate with each other.
- Make sure that all gear, tools, supplies and other items are secured to reduce injuries during an accident or roll-over.
- Go offroading alone. You should have at least two vehicles, three if possible. If something were to happen, one vehicle could go for help or vehicle parts while the other stayed back to render aid or provide assistance as needed.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Do not utilize areas that are off-limits or private property without the permission of the land owner.
- If a vehicle is stuck in water or mud, do not leave the vehicle running with people inside. Carbon monoxide can build up in the vehicle and cause serious injury or death.
- Use safe recovery techniques. Always ensure that tie down points and anchors are able to withstand the load. Do not trust that a hook has been installed correctly with the proper grade equipment. Always check for yourself and use common sense when performing recovery.
- Do not rely on cell phones or line of sight radios to maintain communication.