A reminder of the rules which apply to all of our trips and off-road events
Be safe at all times! Look out for the safety of others and
speak up if you think someone might be at risk of harm.
Drivers are responsible for their vehicle and all occupants
at all times - you are responsible for your vehicle, the safety of the occupants
and their conduct.
Bystanders must keep themselves at a safe distance from any moving
vehicle. When driving near any bystanders, drivers must
exercise the utmost care, and only proceed once the path has
been checked to be clear.
Children must remain within active supervision of
(Another adult must accept to temporarily supervise children before a care-giver
can divert their attention elsewhere).
Children under 16 must always wear Hi-Vis when
out of the vehicle.
(Itís recommended that everyone 16 and over also wear Hi-Vis)
No alcohol to be consumed by the driver or any vehicle occupants
at any time during the trip.
(On multi-day trips when all vehicle use has finished, responsible alcohol
consumption is acceptable).
No firearms shall be carried or used on club trips.
Seat belts must be worn at all times while driving. Children
must also have approved car seats.
(The exception is when undertaking deep and fast flowing water crossings,
which should be approached with the utmost care).
Follow all instructions given to you by the trip leader
or group leader.
Always keep the vehicle behind you in sight.
Especially check that they have cleared any obstacles successfully, and have
made the correct turn at any intersections.
Keep a safe following distance. At any obstacle, wait for
the vehicle in front to clear the obstacle first.
Always use the safest recovery method available, and use
the relevant safety procedures for that method.
Have one experienced person to be in control of a recovery,
and to ensure the safety of everyone involved. This includes
making sure any spectators remain at a safe distance.
Never join snatch straps or towropes with a shackle. Never recover
using a tow ball (they are not rated for that use). Doing either would
pose a serious risk to everyone nearby.
When anchoring to a tree use an appropriate strap,
not a chain, rope or cable.
Follow the NZFWDA care code, and NZ bio-security
Show respect for other recreational users, and other road
Take all rubbish home.
Last updated: October 2015