Off Road Safety
Heading off road can be one of the most exciting ways to spend a beautiful day, weekend, or a complete off road vacation. It can also be equally as dangerous as in a very short amount of time you can be far off the beaten track and need to be self-sustaining; so you’ll need to know about off road safety. Here are some tips for you to stay safe out there!
Let someone know where you plan to go.
The first off road safety rule, which is a pretty standard safety rule for many sports, is to let someone know where you’re heading and when you’ll be back. If you get stuck the people who know where you went may be your only savior, so heed the off road safety rule every time.
The second off road safety rule ties into the first; always off road with multiple vehicles. This will help you in the event that one vehicle becomes disabled and cannot be fixed and gives you at least one extra set of hands.
Tips Three and Four
Our third and fourth off road safety rules also tie together. Bring survival gear including medicine and a quality first-aid kit to handle emergencies you may encounter. Off road safety rule number four, secure all items in the vehicle. Unsecured items can become dangerous flying objects if you tip or roll your vehicle, so secure everything tightly.
Stay buckled and inside the vehicle.
Off Road Safety rule five involves you and your passengers. Make sure everyone is properly belted into the vehicle. You will be jostled around and injuries can occur from crashing into vehicle structures or other passengers. You’ll also want to keep all body parts inside the vehicle. For more advanced off road safety you’ll need to understand vehicle recovery and recovery tools, like the winch and hi-lift jacks. You’ll also want to make sure everyone is in a safe location during any vehicle recovery attempts and the vehicle and the rigging can be dangerous and can even kill.
By following some basic off road safety rules you can safely enjoy your off road vehicle on the trail. Be safe out there and enjoy the trails!