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Re: Hints for Spotters
Use one spotter only, and make sure that you maintane visibilty between the spotters hands and the driver. I give a quick tap of the Horn if I especialy think I need assistance from my spotter, so that they dont have to, be totaly alert at all times and can enjoy the surroundings or take photos of other rigs and such.
This next one is very important. "If you dont trust your spotter, then Dont trust your spotter". If you need to get out of the vehicle to observe your situation then do it. You cant blame an inexperienced spotter for your mistakes if something nasty occures. You as the driver are the only one putting the downward pressure to the skinny pedal.
Your spotter should be wearing gloves, be familiar with safe winching techniques, and the winch controls should be hooked up and accessible to both of you in advance if your in very rugged terrain, sometimes only seconds remain between an easy save and a catastrophic failure.
Good communication skills between an experienced spotter, makes all the difference in the world. Im very lucky, Jeepchick takes pride and so has become, an excelent spotter.
Great topic to bring to the table, YJ94.
I take my Jeep "On the Rocks",usually "With a Splash of Addrenalin"