<font color=blue>twister</font color=blue> asked about driving tips & techniques on another page, and I wanted to start another thread so as to keep them separate.
<font color=blue>ScottCJ8</font color=blue> added this on the other page:
<font color=blue>1. Keep the engine runnin'
2. Greasy side down
3. Keep air in the tires (Doesn't apply to Zukes)
4. Never crest a blind hill going over 25 mph
5. Tread lightly and carry a big highlift jack
6. Don't razz the guy you pass on the trail, you may need him to pull you out later
all in fun
1988.5 Suzuki Samurai</font color=blue>
I have a few of my own, maybe a little more serious though.
1) Go into an unknown obstacle easy, under minimal power, like idling. It's always good to "test the waters" first, and you can usually back out when going slow. I have seen so many "Throttle Jockeys" just hammer it and hope thye make it through. If the first try reveals no results, give it another go, only a little faster and test the results. If it felt good that time, <font color=red>Drive it like you stole it</font color=red>!
2) Keep the person behind you in sight at all times. If you continue on, they may be stuck and then you have to back up or turn around and go get them.
3) One person at a time guiding on an obstacle. I have seen this so many times it's not funny, one guy saying to go one way, and another saying the opposite. Only listen to one, and the driver should pick who to listen to, the others should back up and give them room.
4) Look 2 dimensionally. Look at the road (or path) in front of you for 2 tracks, which is where your tires will go. It's fine to look where other's have gone, but keep your mind open to other avenues, often times you can get by the obstacle easier by taking another path.
5) Be prepared. Take spares with you (fluids, shafts, oil filters, etc), and offer them if they are needed. A good group will do this anyway, Zookin' 2K was the perfect example. Also bring food and water with you, don't leech off others, no one likes it.
6) Have fun. Doesn't seem like this should be one, but believe it or not, I have actually seen fights on the trail due to some people's competitiveness. It's FUN, not a competition. I still refuse to go out with people, because they don't have fun and try to make everything into a competition.
7) Don't be afraid to take the strap to get over an obstacle. There is no sense beating you or your rig to death to get over an obstacle. I'll try just about anything once, I know my limitations, and when to just take the strap. I have seen people try 30 times to get over an obstacle, with the same results. Do you know what the definition of Insanity is? It's performing the same task time after time and expecting a different result. Try the obstacle from a different angle or at a different speed.
8) Safety first. Don't allow people near the winch cable or the strap when people are being extracted. NO hanging off vehicles when they're moving or off camber. No getting in the way when they're attacking an obstacle. Everyone should be wearing a seat belt. No loose heavy items in the cab, one rollover or jolt and someone could be seriously hurt from it flying around.
9) Tread lightly. Ok, I know this is a little hard at times. What I'm referring to is staying on the trail, not straying just because you see an obstacle or mud pit. Also, tree straps only on the trees, no hooking the cable directly to the tree, it kills them. No garbage left behind, you packed it in, pack it out with you.
10) Stagger the rigs on a trail. In other owrds, have one built rig, one not-so-built-rig. This way there is less likelyhood of 2 people getting stuck at the same time.
11) Prepare once you hit the trail. This includes airing down, everyone should be airing down, wheeling is so much easier. Get straps ready, have them accessible and at the ready.
That's about it, I know I've forgotten a few things, what else do people have?
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
It's a Jeep, Chevy, IHC kinda thing!