Guidance on Safe Vehicle
IMPORTANT - READ THIS CAREFULLY - DRIVING EVEN SMALL,
LOW-POWERED VEHICLES CAN BE DANGEROUS. ENSURE ALL NECESSARY STEPS ARE
TAKEN TO ENSURE SAFE OPERATION OF YOUR VEHICLE.
- Do not allow the use of
the vehicle on public roads and paths; use only on private ground
with the permission of the landowner - be aware of your local road
traffic laws and keep to them.
- Never allow the vehicle
to be used where it may come into contact with full size vehicular
road traffic or with general pedestrian traffic.
- Always supervise the
vehicle's use and ensure drivers are properly instructed in how to
use it, especially in use of the brakes.
- Always judge the
capabilities of the driver and the vehicle and where you feel
necessary ensure the riders wear appropriate protective equipment
such as helmet, gloves and protective pads. Ensure there is no
trailing clothing or hair etc to get entangled in the moving parts.
- Do not allow use of the
vehicle in the dark or in other conditions where the driver can not
see clearly or be seen clearly.
- Regularly check all
screws and nuts and tighten/lock as required. Check the structural
integrity of bonded joints. Keep tyres inflated to the pressure
stated on the tyre. Keep bearings, gears and chains lubricated.
- Regularly check the
function of the brakes and steering mechanisms and adjust as
- Ensure all motor and
gearbox covers are fitted and secure before vehicle operation. Take
great care if making adjustments in or near the motors when the
motors are hot - it is best to allow hot motors to cool before
working in their vicinity.
- Consider carefully the
area/track on which the vehicle is to be run. If passes will be made
close to solid obstacles consider fitting skid boards, such as at
prominent hard edges, gate posts, wall corners etc. Consider the
run-off at corners should the vehicle not make the turn - always
judge the capabilities of the drivers!
- Teach the drivers
never to drive at pedestrians, to always slow their vehicle when
pedestrians look as if they may be in the way and to slow the
vehicle to make turns.
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