On the Trail

From our Safety/Education Committee

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Top Ten Off Road Essentials

1. Jack with lug wrench and ‘Good’ spare tire.
2. Tow strap, shovel and gloves.
3. TP and hand wipes.
4. First aid kit.
5. Fire extinguisher and matches.
6. Cell phone and CB or Ham (tell somebody where your going).
7. Water for both you and the car.
8, Jumper cables.
9. Mechanics tool set with flashlight.
10. Map and/or GPS system.

For more remote areas and older vehicles I would add:

11. Tire plugs, compressor and a can of tire inflator/sealer.
12. All fluids: brake, engine oil, transmission, power steering, etc.
13. Plan to stay over night: clothes, bedding, food, etc.

Vehicle Safety Requirements

1. Roll bar, full cage or factory installed hard top
2. Functional parking brake or micro-lock
3. Tow strap or rope (recommend rated at 2 times the vehicle weight)
4. First aid kit
5. Jack capable of lifting the vehicle and a tool capable of removing lug nuts
6. Spare tire equal to or within 3 inches of existing tires (no temporary spares)
7. Fire extinguisher with gauge indicating good/full, appropriately stored
8. Seat belts for all vehicle occupants
9. Antennas must be rigid or restrained in a manner to prevent injuries
10. Adequate attachment points front and rear, i.e. tow hooks, receiver, etc – Tow balls are not considered an attachment point
11. Battery hold downs (no bungie cords)
12. Must have functioning low range in transfer case
13. Must have CB Radio

Turning Around on a
Narrow Mountain Road

The going gets tough when you come to the end of a narrow mountain road and there is no place to turn around. There can be a lot of backing up just to find a marginal spot. Below is an example of what I have found to be the best way to turn around. You start by backing up the uphill side of the road. You will generally be surprised how far up the hill your vehicle will go. You may have to go back and forth many times and it helps to have a spotter.