Offroading Protocols & Code of Conduct
Some incidents during the past few offroad expeditions have forced me to pen down the following protocols that should be followed.
Though these are not hard and fast rules, they are for your safety and for the safety of other participants and spectators as well.
These rules will now be enforced for all participants who will be offroading with the Extreme Offroaders.
Please read these very carefully:
Getting friends along:
While driving towards the trail
Stranded Cars on the Trail
OTR Trail / Campsite
Skipping an Obstacle:
After Crossing an obstacle
Parking your car on the trail
Rules for newbies
Things to carry:
- complete tool kit
- if you have new alloys, make sure your spanner fits properly into it.
- spare hose pipes
- spare fan belt
- radiator sealant
- swiss knife/multitool
- protective gloves / eye protection
- spare fuses
- recovery gear
- spare wiper blades
- spare number plates (ideally in sticker form). There are high chances of breaking the existing ones.
- On-Tow stickers
- make sure the spare wheel is upto the mark
- For long distance trips, also carry oil (engine and dif)
- alcohol wipes
- anti diarrhea medicine
- anti malarial medicine (antacids too if you are suffering from acidity)
- crepe bandage for sprains
- calamine lotion
- pain killers (combiflam, etc)
- any other medication you need (diabetics and asthmatics especially)
- diabetics to also carry biscuits and sweets
- spare spectacles
- mosquito repellant
- sunblock (water proof)
- ankle length boots and/or gum boots
- long stick to probe depth of water / slush and help in walking without slipping
- sun glasses
- Toilet paper
- Soap strips
- Brush and paste
- Towels and napkins
- Hand sanitizer
- Valid Indian driving license
- Tax papers
- Trash Bags
- Jerry can
- Dry rags
- everyone please take your tetanus shots before coming
- Please avoid carrying credit cards. If required, just carry one card and note down the number somewhere. There are high chances of the wallet getting lost. Do not carry club membership cards, loyalty cards, etc. Do not carry all your money in your wallet. Spread it around in your pockets, bags, etc.
- Do not carry alcohol in your vehicles. If you are stopped by the cops, the organizers will not be able to help you.
-You will not get electric supply. Make sure you have a car charger for you mobile phones. I suggest buying the samsung marine phone which is completely waterproof. However, if you don't want to get one, please wrap you phone in multiple plastic bags.
-I repeat again, people who need to take daily medications, please carry two sets wrapped in plastic waterproof pouches and kept at dif places. If one set gets lost or damaged due to water, you will still have another set.
- Monsoon time is time for water borne diseases. I suggest you should get your shots for typhoid and hep A taken.
- Carry chlorine drops; incase water runs out and you desperately need to drink water from a stream.
- Extra socks. A wet sock is the worst thing. You'll be surprised how good a dry sock feels after a day of trudging through water.
- Change of clothes
- Avoid wearing contact lenses.
- A sweat shirt or jacket; it can get cold at night.
Please add to the list if i have forgotten anything.
I will soon pen down my thoughts about protocols for organizers which include lead and backup cars, maps, permissions, etc.
Hats off ,Tejas . A very good list. A few things may be added ( frankly very little to add) ,but all & all a very well thought list . Congrats:thumbs up
It Needs to be printed by everyone & kept in the car
A very exhaustive list doc. Very Neat.
Doctor, it seems you have pretty well mastered the skill and etiquette's of "Good offroading". Very well written and composed.clap:
Good initiative. A lot of very important points being brought to the fore. Especially the ones about damaging the environment. Also locals are not always happy with vehicles coming in and driving around on their property. Permission from locals should be high priority to avoid any untoward incidents.
Good on you Tejas. Ensure these rules are followed strictly during outings.
Tejas, thats a complete maual of Do's & Dont's for Offroading. Thanks for putting in so much efforts and time to pen down these points, will follow it strictly and very true can't think of anything that can be added.
Two additions for CJ3B owners to be added after the line for extra socks:
- Even more extra socks. A wet sock is the BEST thing. You'll be surprised how good a WET sock feels on the CJ3B fuel pump after a day of trudging....
-Even more drinking water, for cleansing your mouth after you are done spitting fuel into the carb to start the engine on inclines. Small benefit: No need to carry mouthwash for overnight trips.
Good list of stuff, Tejas! It reminds of why I wander off into my beloved Himalayas....alone.
If possible please enforce a 6 Point Roll-Cage for CJ type of vehicles and the Gypsy & MM540's without doors.
Also every vehicle owner must carry his recovery kit (2 Cables, 4 Shackles and one Mat)
Vehicle specific spares. These spares will actually hasten the breakdown service process.
Also the Extreme Off-Roaders can create some asset for the club like.
1) Tarpaulin Sheets
2) Reflective On-Tow Boards
3) Spades/Pick-Axe/Crow Bars
4) Comprehensive First Aid-Kit
Thanks for the tips.
Most of the people do carry basic spares like fan belts & hose pipes. What else should be carried?
All our members have an On-Tow reflective sticker provided as part of their start up kit.
Recovery gear is also mandatory.
I'm in the process of forming a good first aid kit and am getting pricing for the same.
I don't know if people may be ready to invest in a 6 point roll cage. I think it is absolutely necessary and thus, that was the first mod that i did.
Please suggest any other points that come to your mind.
I am no offroader, but I read this just out of curiosity. I like reading your posts because of comments like this:
(I have very little medical knowledge)
Usually diabetics take medications which are dosed according to their daily routine. When they come on an OTR, they burn more sugar due to strenuous activity / heat / etc and also they eat less than usual. This causes the sugar level to drop more but since they have already taken their usual dose of medication in the morning, the medicine has nothing to act on. This causes it to take sugar from areas where it shouldn't leading to complications like fainting etc (Note: i'm explaining in very layman terms here). Thus, the need for sugar.
It is always advisable to err on the side of more sugar than less in case of emergency.
A diabetic may faint either due to lack of (hypoglycemia) or excess of sugar(hyperglycemia). If you can't diagnose which is which, put a sweet in the patient's mouth. That excess bit sugar that is given to the patient won't harm more in case the patient fainted from hyperglycemia but if it is a case of hypoglycemia, you may save the patient from potential brain damage.
Anyways, now let's not go OT here, we can discuss this further in the Medical thread. I replied here so that other members can also be aware of this fact.
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