Most of the accidents in Chile happen on well-maintained gravel roads because of excessive speed. Drivers tend to go slower on bad roads and in off-road circumstances. The majority of accidents happen without another vehicle being involved.
- Excessive speed is the main cause of accidents on gravel roads. To ensure your safety it is essential to keep a velocity between 60 – 90 km/h. Lack of concentration is the second cause of accidents, due to long driving distances and very little traffic.
- Our vehicles have a higher mass centre due to the mounted hardwall camper, this implies a higher RISK OF TIPPING OVER. Be careful with your steer movements !
- Road signs must be observed, especially those relating to the curves . Speed must be reduced immediately.
- Turn on your headlights when on dusty roads, so others can perceive you in time.
- Slow down when you have oncoming traffic and keep to the right as far as possible.
- Tyre pressure plays an important role in the road-holding ability of your vehicle. Stick to the recommended pressures at all times. Check your tyres and tyre pressure every day.
- Avoid driving at night, since you might be seen too late by poor visibility at night.
- When it rains and the dirt roads are wet, they are particularly slippery. Avoid driving through standing or flowing water on the track.
- Please drive constantly alert and immediately slow velocity down when you see animals.
- It’s important to always keep both hands on the steering wheel while driving.
- Not all gravel roads are the same ! Pay attention to road conditions and adjust your driving style to circumstances.
Please do not drive with your left foot on the clutch ! DO NOT use the clutch when driving off-road and especially when you are stuck . If you do, you will inevitably burn the clutch !