Offroad Tips from Cross Country Insurance Consultants

Offroad Tips from Cross Country Insurance Consultants

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These are old but worth repeating, I spent some time over December with various friends recounting incidents we had seen when out on the road or in the bush and in many cases the problems could so easily have been avoided.

• Always wear a seat belt other than when crossing water, secure loose items to avoid possible injuries.
• Do not attempt river crossings late in the day (around sunset).
• Adhere to speed limits and analyse road conditions then drive accordingly.
• Make camp before sunset and avoid travelling after dark.
• Be responsible and assess the obstacles that you are attempting (water depth, gradients and slopes, mud etc.), if unsure look for an alternative route!
• Ensure that you have attended a training course and have the correct equipment, this includes First Aid!
• Don’t travel alone and ensure that you know the location of local emergency clinics or medical centres.
• Have a Cross Country policy as it provides all the necessary cross border emergency cover ( including medical evacuation)

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Glyn Demmer

My first 4x4 was a Nissan Hardbody thereafter I started travelling all over the country. In 1992 we held a big 4x4 day with hundreds of Nissan families, and then the 4x4 bug really bit. A friend Monty Brett and I started running 4x4 courses at the Hennops Off-road Trail just outside of Johannesburg. At first we offered day-and-a-half courses that started on Friday afternoon and finished on Saturday afternoon. Hannes Grobler the Rally Ace regularly assisted, and we reached a nice balance between our two styles and our skills.

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