Always know where you're going. Is it private land? If so, do you have
permission to be on it and to use it the way you intend? National Forest land -
does it allow the activities you plan? Check first before going.
Learn to use a map and compass. It's easier than you think to get lost in the
woods while concentrating on your driving.
Never drive alone. Two vehicles together will not only give you back-up in case
of an emergency, but one can pull the other out if you get stuck, and
eventually you will.
Know your vehicle! Make sure it's fit to take off-road. Good tread on the tires
is a must. Tie your mudflaps out of the way as they can get ripped off. Know
how and when to change gears and how to use high and low range on your transfer
case. Are your brakes good?
Carry some sort of recovery gear. A recovery strap, a hand saw, leather gloves
and a few basic hand tools are a minimum. Take along extra clothes for bad
weather. Never travel off road without a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
Wear sturdy shoes. Boots are best.
Maintain a slow and steady pace; no faster than 15 miles per hour. No
hot-dogging! Showing off only gets people hurt.
Know which side of the vehicle your differentials are on. Ground clearance is
measured from this point. Pick your way ahead carefully, remembering that
ground clearance increases if you can drive up over that rock with your tires
instead of straddling it. Ease your vehicle down a drop. On a downhill slope
use engine breaking to slow you down. Select 1st gear, low range and stay off
the brakes! You'll maintain traction and steering.
Always use a guide for difficult sections. Get out and scout the way ahead. go
around what you can't or won't go through. When using a guide remember they are
in charge. Follow their hand signals. When crossing through water scout ahead
for rocks/debris and maintain a steady pace.
Take it slow. Stick to existing trails. Cause minimal impact and enjoy
Convoy Driving Rules
Drive with your headlights on. This will alert other drivers that a convoy is
present and will help members keep track of each other.
Always maintain visual contact with the vehicle behind you. This will keep the
convoy from getting strung out and will ensure that no one gets left behind.
The pace is set by the slowest driver. If the vehicle behind you stops, find a
safe place, stop and see if they need help. Never leave your vehicle running
Use your turn signals! If the convoy is to make a turn on to a side road,
signal well in advance, make your turn, then proceed, always keeping track of
those behind you. Give them plenty of time to make the turn and catch up.
If it is necessary to pull over, do so in an area large enough for everyone
behind you to fit in.
When the convoy is ready to proceed, the last car in line should be the first
to pull out, allowing those in front of them to come out in sequence so that
other traffic will not become intermixed.
If it becomes necessary for you to stop the convoy, flash your headlights
repeatedly to get the attention of those ahead (everyone should do the same)
then slowly pull off the road at a safe place. If traveling with CB's or
two-way radios, contact those ahead as to your intentions.
Lastly, but definitely not least, make sure that everyone understands where
they are going. Use maps and good directions and follow the guidelines above so
that no one gets lost and everyone has a good time.
Competition Driving Rules
HAVE FUN! This is not a speed event, more machines against terrain.
Please stick to your running order as drawn at the begining of the day. The
running order will be drawn from a hat and rotated after each section, so if
you started first on the last section you will go last on the next. If you
started second, you go first; if you started third, you go second, etc.
Passengers and drivers are to wear seatbelts at all times while attempting the
section. Failure to do so will result in a maximum score for that section.
Front seat passengers are responsible for the scorecard and ensuring it is
correctly marked and ensuring the marshal signs each section. Front seat
passengers are also responsible for attaching recovery straps.
After clearing the section remain in a position to recover the next vehicle.
The vehicle being recovered is to provide necessary recovery equipment.
Recoveries are to be directed by the marshal's only and are to be conducted
safely with no risk of damage to the vehicles involved.
Sections are to be laid out as to be totally non-damaging, however damage may
occur due to careless or "macho" driving. Use your judgement before entering
the section. Your vehicle will get muddy and possibly the odd rub from small
branches. Before venturing on to the highway, scrape away accumulated mud from
your vehicle, especially the wheels, as this can effect your wheel balance.
Dropping clumps of mud on other road users is not the image the club wishes to
promote. Entry to an event is with the understanding that any damage to the
vehicle or occupants in no way shall be at the fault of the Florida Land Rover
Club or its representatives.
All entrants are encouraged to carry a recovery rope or strap, shackles, WD40
or other water repellent spray and some basic tools.
The marshall's word is final and will be backed by the Chief Marshall.
If you are competing for the year end championship, mark your scorecard
accordingly. Results for the day will be announced at the event and published
in the newsletter. The last trial of the season will be run for charity with
the entry fee being on a donation per person basis. The winner of this event
will decide which charity will receive the monies donated.