Below are some helpful tips for every trail run.
Tips on “Leading a Club Run”:
- Post the run in advance in the Trail Runs / Events forum:
- Set the expectation based on the club Trail Rating System.
- Designate a meeting location, meeting time, and departure time.
- For club related runs remind drivers to sign a Club Wavier Form.
- Include any additional vehicle requirements beyond the club minimum vehicle requirements.
- Minimum driver age is 18.
- Check the weather.
- Before departing on the run have a drivers meeting:
- Give an overview of the run including location and objective. (Trail Run vs Maintenance Run)
- For club related runs ensure drivers have signed a Club Waiver Form.
- For USFS related runs ensure everyone has signed the sign-in sheet.
- Verify that all vehicles meet the requirements for the run. If available, a Club Officer can assist.
- Designate a lead vehicle and tail vehicle.
- Choose a CB channel. Vehicles without a CB should remain between other vehicles with a CB.
- Remind drivers to keep the vehicle behind them within sight.
- Remind drivers not to tailgate or speed.
- Remind drivers to turn on headlights if weather is poor.
- Remind drivers that they are responsible for their own safety and to choose a spotter they are comfortable with if they need a spot in a section of the trail they are not comfortable with.
- Remind everyone to have plenty of water (important for runs at high elevation).
- Remind everyone to have fun!
Trail Etiquette and Safety Tips:
- Be courteous and considerate of others on the trail.
- Know your vehicle and be sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition.
- Know your own limits as well as the limits of your vehicle.
- Be prepared for the unexpected and carry the minimum items needed for the terrain you are traveling.
- Keep the driver behind you in sight, and do not tailgate the driver in front of you.
- Maintain communications with others in your group while on the trail.
- Be aware of the weather forecast, especially ice and snow conditions.
- Always yield to uphill traffic, and stay to the right when passing.
- Ride only where permitted and never venture out alone.
- Do NOT modify a trail in any way that would change its difficulty level or change its path.
- Leave gates as you find them.
- Full tank of full is recommended as is spare gas.
- Carry out what you carry in.
- Keep hands and arms inside the vehicle. You are not strong enough to support the vehicle’s weight.
- Keep thumbs on the outside of the steering wheel to prevent a broken thumb.
- Tread Lightly!