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As much fun as off roading in the snow can be, hypothermia is a real risk, one that can result in death. Being fully prepared before heading out can make the difference if you survive the trip if something should go wrong. From the El Paso County Search and Rescue, here is a list of preparedness tips and items needed in winter survival.

WINTER SURVIVAL/PREPAREDNESS
Compliments of El Paso County Search & Rescue

Clothing
Layers Polypropylene/Capilene – next to skin, wicking layer
Synthetics/ wool/pile – insulation layer
Windproof shell – ie Gore-tex 2. Mittens – better than gloves
Hat – over 50% heat loss through head

Hypothermia Symptoms
98.6 Normal body temperature.
95.0 Paleness, drowsiness, listlessness, shivering. Then mental confusion, armpits and abdomen become cold, blue lips, goose bumps.
93.2 Loss of memory, movements slow and hard, irrational behavior hands can no longer hold things.
91.4 Shaking stops, unconsciousness, shallow breathing, 50% chance of survival.
89.6 Slow weakened pulse. Heart may stop. 30% chance of survival.
68-77 Heart stops.

Remove wet clothing and replace with dry as soon as possible. Feed the victim warm drinks, tea, coffee or hot soup if the victim is conscious and able to drink. May need to help victim warm up with additional heat source such as heat packs, hot water bottles or even placing a warm dry body in contact with the victim in a sleeping bag.

Frostbite
Cold, stinging, then numbness in extremities. Discoloration of flesh First white, then gray, then yellowish-gray, then blueish-purple, indicates increasing severity of frostbite.
Remove wet clothing, cover exposed skin. Try to warm injured area and keep from refreezing. Do not rub injured area with snow. Warm water at 104 degrees if possible.

Stranded in Vehicle
Don’t panic – do not keep pushing on if visibility is very poor. Stay with the vehicle, better shelter and easier to find. Run motor to keep warm. Keep window cracked for air. Keep tailpipe clear to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Eat and drink fluids to maintain the ability to generate body heat. Drink even if you do not feel thirsty.
Exercise – move your arms and legs to help stay warm.

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When you are new to the world of off-roading there are some things you must know and have. Two top things are training and a good solid course in safety. Some may think these two things go hand in hand. If you are learning or being trained how to drive your Jeep or other off road vehicle on various terrains you would like to think you are learning safety along the way, however, that is not always the case. Seek out in the region you are in an off roading club or a driving safety class designated to off roading. Some off roading organizations have people who are more than happy to help you learn the ropes, and if you know of one of these people great! If not, there was a blog posted earlier of once such course designed just for off roaders. Learning the ins and outs of the various terrains you can come across off roading will make a huge difference in your experience off roading, safety, and the condition of your off roading vehicle after you exit the trails.

Along the lines of safety, every first timer and even old timer off roader should carry with them at all times a first aid kit, ample water in case of being stranded, fire extinguisher, flares, and blankets. Another wise thing to have installed in your off roading vehicle is a CB radio and to have more access to more radio frequencies, you may want to consider getting a ham radio operators license.

You will need a recovery strap (20,000 pound rated). A recovery strap is not a towrope! Tow points should be welded into the frame of your off roading vehicle if they do not already exist. The tow points should be done by a professional and rated GVW.

If you intend on off roading in your off road vehicle, switch out the highway tires with a good set of all terrain or mud terrain tires, depending on the terrain you intend playing on. Highway tires are designed for man made roadways, not mudding or rock climbing. Make sure you carry along with you a complete tire kit including a tire gauge, deflator, plug kit, hi-lift jack, air compressor, and tire iron and other necessary tools.

A winch and winch accessories is a great thing to have along with you! If not for your own personal use, you may just come across the time a fellow of roader may need a hand. Winch accessories are items like a tree strap, pulley, D-rings, and gloves.

Last but not least and should be in every vehicle, off roader or not, is a tool kit consisting of all the basics, but for the off roaders, throw a huge hammer in on the mix too! Use your head and leave prepared. It is better to be overly covered than caught with your pants down.

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Maybe you heard the news already that the Center for Auto Safety (CFAS) is petitioning to persuade the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall the 1993-2004 models of the Grand Cherokees because of an alleged potential fuel tank fire danger. The CFAS findings after researching crashes were these modeled year Grand Cherokees were involved was that 172 crashes fatal fire crashes resulted in 254 deaths between the years of 1992 to 2008 with 44 of those crashes that resulted in 64 of those deaths most harmful event that led to the deaths – fire.

Chrysler responded to the claim as it being an unsubstantiated review of raw accident data not taking into account cause or origin of the fire, or accurate critical real world accident data that takes into account significant factors that influence crash outcomes, such as the speed of a rear impact and the weight of the vehicles involved. There has been no official recall on the 1993-2004 models of the Grand Cherokees as to date. Here is Chrysler response to the Center for Auto Safety petition:

‘The petition filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by the Center for Automotive Safety presents a simplistic, unsubstantiated review of raw accident data. Indeed, its conclusions are flawed as they are based solely on a database that does not discriminate the cause or origin of a fire. Nor does it contain accurate critical real world accident data that takes into account significant factors that influence crash outcomes, such as the speed of a rear impact and the weight of the vehicles involved. The petition’s conclusions and comparisons are, therefore, invalid and their use to draw alarming conclusions about a product with an excellent safety record is misguided and irresponsible.

Statistically, rear impacts that result in serious injury are rare occurrences. Chrysler Group is confident that a proper study which considered all factors in all collisions including rear collisions with fire would show that the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees perform as well as or better than other vehicles in their class.

The 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee meets or exceeds all applicable federal safety standards and, as noted, has an excellent safety record. There are many millions of 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees on the road whose owners and families continue to enjoy tens of millions of miles and hours of safe vehicle operation each year.

While Chrysler Group designs vehicles to protect the greatest number of motorists in the greatest number of accidents, unfortunately accidents do occur, can be dangerous and, sadly, can sometimes cause injuries and even deaths.’
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Stay posted!

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