Conduct - Trail Rule's, Equipment Requirements, Safety Issues

Conduct On The Trail

1. One and only one person shall be designated the "Trail Master" and will have final say in all matters pertaining to that outing. An exception would be as in when the group is made up of mixed vehicles and the group needs to split up by ability to tackle certain terrain. Then each group will have one Trail Master each.

2. The "Trail Master" will make their decision after meeting with the two most senior Club members in attendance, after all parities have had their say.

3. The use of alcohol or illicit drugs prior to or during Club events is strictly forbidden. Alcohol use is permitted on overnight camping trips after the driving day is complete. The utmost consideration must be given your fellow campers with it's use. Extreme drunkenness, rowdiness, roughhousing, fighting or obnoxious behavior will not be tolerated as most runs are family orientated. At no time will illicit drug consumption be allowed.

4.Conduct which the Trail Master finds dangerous, offensive or illegal are prohibited and is grounds for the Trail Master to exclude the member from the event.

5. Behavior which gives rise to a negative public image for the Club or the sport of four wheeling is strictly forbidden during Club functions and while displaying Club graphics.

6. Vehicles may not head out on their own without the permission of the Trail Master. If a fork in the trail is to be explored in both directions at once, at least two vehicles should travel together in any given direction. If it's not possible to maintain radio contact, then a re-group time should be set in advance by the Trail Master.

7. Different vehicles travel at different rates of speed. Faster moving vehicles should not be allowed to run ahead unless there are at least two of them. One of which would be designated a Trail Master. In the event that the forward group comes to an unexpected fork in the trail, if radio contact can't be made with the main group, they're to remain there until it is or until the main group catches up.

8. No vehicle/occupants should ever be left on their own because of mechanical problems or otherwise, unless it's deemed safe to do so by the Trail Master in cases of loop or return roads. Vehicles with planned early returns should make arrangements prior to the outing for at least one other vehicle to accompany them on the way out. The Trail Master must be notified prior to the outing or at the drivers meeting at the latest.

Safety Issues And Advice

1. Have a drivers meeting before starting off the day to make sure everyone knows where they're going.

2. Make sure everyone's CB's are working prior to hitting the trails.

3. Keep trucks without CB's in the middle of the pack.

4. Not always possible, but try to keep 1 or 2 trucks behind you in sight.

5. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.

6. Bring extra food, water, clothing, foot wear, etc, even on a day trip.

7. Carry tools, spare parts, and recovery gear.

8. At the minimum, have one tow/tug point front and rear.

9. Carry extra fuel if you plan to wheel hundreds of miles away from the nearest service station.

10. Tell someone where you will be going and when you plan on coming back.

11. Always leave room for the entire group to park past the obstacle. For instance, if you're vehicle #1 in a group of 4 and you clear an obstacle, park at least 4 vehicle lengths past the obstacle. Only then should you go back and ogle/photograph/jeer/cheer the next person on the obstacle.

12. The trail credo is to make sure everyone gets home; please be considerate by making sure that you have no problems with your vehicle prior to the run. If your vehicle isn't 100%, ride with someone else.

13. Stay away from the winch cable during a recovery operation!!

14. Air down your tires! You'll have much less trouble and chew up the trail less by doing this.

15. Bring a garbage bag to pick up some garbage while you're on the trail.

16. Drivers: pick someone to spot you and pay attention only to that spotter. Onlookers: if you must shout out your spotting suggestions, talk to the spotter. Don't confuse/distract the driver.

17. If you're not sure about an obstacle, get out of your vehicle and walk it, first. It's a great way to learn how to pick your line.

18. When in a pack and you come to a junction if the guy behind you is out of site stop and wait until he can see which direction you're headed.

19. If you get stuck turn on the hazard lamps and then everyone ahead of you flash the Hi beams to alert the lead vehicle if not in radio contact.

20. Not stopping on top of a hill or obstacle to watch somebody else attempt it. Instead, park far enough off that the vehicle trying it has room to get through.

21. Be very cautious about stopping on a hill. Vehicles need to be secured so that there is no chance of rolling away and injuring or damaging things/people.

22. If you choose to travel with children or pets, please remember that you are responsible for them. Don't expect others to keep an eye on them for you.

  • 4wheel drive
  • Front and rear tow points(preferably hooks or shackles).
  • Spare tire(preferably same size but at least one in good shape).
  • Proper jack and tools for removing tires.
  • Properly working e-brake (rocks on hills don't count)

  • CB (makes it much easier communicating).
  • Tow straps or recovery straps (someone else's breaks pulling your vehicle out, you replace it. It's common courtesy.
  • Computer (for keeping in contact with the club)
  • All the other usual things tools, winch, jackall etc.

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