Forest Safety News – Pre Trip Inspection Of Light Duty Trucks

Forest Safety News – Pre Trip Inspection Of Light Duty Trucks

Vehicle inspections are one of those things we know we should be doing on a regular basis.  However, many of us treat these inspections as optional to be done when we feel inclined.  This is not the case for commercial vehicles.  The demands placed on these vehicles or any vehicles that are used to access the more remotes areas on BC’s resource roads are greatly increased.  Changing road conditions and surfaces along with long running times puts a high degree of mechanical stress on these work vehicles.  Consequently, to increase the life span of your vehicle and enjoy a safe driving experience a series of checks and inspections needs to be conducted before you leave, while you are driving, and at end of your shift.  

When conducting a pre-trip inspection on a commercial vehicle some things to look for are any defects that may make the vehicle unfit for purpose as well as making sure that the vehicle is outfitted with all necessary supplies such as emergency supplies and chains.  Checking fluid levels, lights, and tire pressure should be part of this routine as well.  Lastly, a written record of all inspections should be kept and stored safely in the vehicle for easy access for maintenance crews and inspectors. 

Once on the road, the driver should continue to make ongoing assessments of the vehicle’s performance.  Listen for any unusual engine sounds, be aware of any changes to the steering, watch for unusual vibrations or shaking and for any warning lights that appear.  These changes should be inspected and addressed before proceeding further in order to advert any potential dangerous or unwanted situations to the vehicle, to yourself, or to the company in the form of prolonged down times.

In addition to the above, another series of inspections should be completed when exiting or re-entering the highway.  When leaving the highway it is important to make sure that communication channels are operational, your load is secure, all adjustments to tires have been made, and your daytime running lights are on.  

The same checks regarding the load and the tires need to be completed when re-entering the highway.  Additionally, this is the time to make sure that all lights, windows and mirrors are clean and that license plates are visible.  As well, check that the wheels, brakes and mudflats are clear of any debris that may have been picked up on forest roads. 

Once you complete your trip, a final inspection must be done.  A post-trip inspection needs to be performed to make sure the vehicle is safe and able to handle the rigours of the next day.  During this inspection, you are looking for any obvious faults or issues with the vehicle.  As with the pre-trip inspection, a written record of the findings is required so that the maintenance crew can address any issues or defects.  

While all of these inspections and checks may seem excessive, they are essential.  Pre-trip and post-trip inspections along with on-going assessments of the vehicle while driving serve many purposes. They prolong the life of the vehicle.  They help to ensure the safety of the driver and any who may share the road with them, and they have a positive impact on the company’s bottom line, as they help to reduce prolonged down times and production losses — a situation where everyone wins. 

Check out the original FULL article in the June 2020 Forest Safety News on pages 14-15.

Forest Safety News – Winter Driving

Forest Safety News – Winter Driving

Exploring BC’s back roads does not need to be limited to the fairer months.  Winter provides the perfect opportunity to explore these out of the way places and see them in a new perspective, in crisp winter light and perhaps even a dusting of snow.  However, whether you are embarking on this journey professionally or recreationally, there are several things that need consideration and preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. 

As the driver of the vehicle you have a great deal of responsibility. Your are responsible for the safety of the vehicle, its occupants, your load if you are hauling one, as well as other drivers sharing the road.  As such, it is important that each journey be treated with careful, methodical planning and consideration.  This requires you to have a thorough understanding of your vehicle and the conditions which your are venturing into. 

Preparation is key when planning a trip in winter conditions. Before setting out on your journey, it’s a good idea to go through a check list to ascertain if all the requirements have been met to ensure a safe and successful trip.  Such a list should include but not be limited to having the correct temperature rated lubricants, oils, and fluids, proper winter tires, chains, emergency supplies, and a battery in good working order.   

Safety should also be a main consideration when planning these trips.  Both recreation and professional drivers should take the risk factors into account before embarking on a journey.  Knowing the weather forecast as well as road and avalanche conditions is a must.  This information will help determine whether the driver has the necessary skills and experience to handle the challenges or if other considerations need to be made such as the addition of a second driver and/or a lighter load. 

The skill of the driver and the quality of the vehicle counts for little if you do not have the correct winter tires. Regular all-season and all-terrain tires are not recommended, as they are not designed for operation in the colder winter temperatures that can be encountered at higher altitudes.  Tires with chains remain the best solution for those who must navigate winter roads regularly.  The proper tires will not only provide better tractions, but will also greatly improve stoppage distances, both of which are crucial when driving in challenging winter conditions.  When choosing chains,  make sure they are the right size for your tire and that they are correctly installed taking care that any extra chain is properly secured and cannot interfere with brake lines, axles, or any wheel sensors.  

Winter driving in BC’s back road can be challenging.  Weather and road conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly.  Thus, being prepared and well equipped is essential for a safe and successful journey.  Creating a check list, being aware of the weather and road conditions, performing pre and post-trip vehicle inspections, as well as an honest evaluation of your level of skill cannot be under stressed.  With the above considerations taken into account, you can now navigate these roads less traveled with a peace of mind and sense of security allowing your to relax and settle into the journey. 

Check out the original FULL article in the September 2020 Forest Safety News on pages 12-13.

Rebelle Rally 2021 Training

Rebelle Rally 2021 Training

The Rebelle Rally 2021

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States.

 Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests your skills over 8 days of competition. It is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time, and distance using maps, compass and road books.

Registration for 2021, almost sold out

This years competition registration is filling up incredibly fast. In fact, having just spoken to the Rebelle Rally we understand that there are only a few more spaces left to register for this years competition. If you want to compete, we suggest you register within the next few days.

Training for 2021

Being prepared to compete in the Rebelle Rally is extremly important. The competition is challenging, intense and highly rewarding. Give yourself every chance to succeed by participating in these tailored training programs. Join past and current Rebelle’s and official off road trainers in these fun and informative sessions.


  • April 22 – 25: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation (includes intro to sand dune driving) – Southern California
  • April 29 – May 2: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation (includes intro to sand dune driving) – Southern California
  • May 20 – 23: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation – Ridgecrest, CA
  • May 20 – 21: Driving only – Ridgecrest, CA
  • May 22 – 23: Navigating only – Ridgecrest, CA
  • June TBA: Northwest Overland Rally – Leavenworth, WA
  • July TBA: BC Overland Rally – Whistler, BC
  • July 5 – 8: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation – Southwest BC
  • Late July / Early August TBA: Rocky Mountain Overland Rally Gunnison, CO
  • August TBA: Fundamental Intensive Reno, NV
  • August TBA: 2-Day Sand Dune Course Fallon, NV
  • September TBA: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation – Southwest BC

Overlanding BC & The Rebelle Rally

Overlanding BC is an official preferred training partner of the Rebelle Rally. We have been recognized as a training organization that fits with the ethos of the Rebelle Rally. Some of our staff are staff on the Rebelle Rally itself, and one of our instructors is a current 3 time Rebelle and a 2020 class winner. It is this experience along with our professional training background that allows us to give you, the very best training possible.

Off Grid Trailers – Whipsaw 2020

Off Grid Trailers – Whipsaw 2020

A video story of a four day adventure to the infamous Whipsaw Trail of BC, Canada – towing five industry leading expeditions trailers.

Off Grid Trailers wanted to test all of their line up, but in particular their all new Switchback R and Switchback S.

A great few days with a fantastic group, some experienced, some not so experienced. That being said, everyone applied the same ethics, kindness, professionalism and support throughout the trip making it a complete success.

Off Grid Trailers

The New Land Rover Defender

The New Land Rover Defender

I had the honour of being involved in the very first drive opportunity globally of the all new iconic Land Rover Defender in the deserts of Southern California.

I was there for a month facilitating the North American dealer training off road drives, a night demo drive event at the North American Dealer Meeting and a consumer ride and drive at the 4xFar Festival – a music and Land Rover festival, hosted by Land Rover North America.

Partnership – Gaia GPS

Partnership – Gaia GPS

We are thrilled to announce that every participant on one of our courses will receive a unique code that will give you a 3 MONTH FREE PREMIUM Gaia GPS SUBSCRIPTION.

Strategic partners are important to Overlanding BC and we are excited to announce a new relationship, one with Gaia GPS.

Gaia GPS is the leading map navigation tool available to the public, based on mobile devices, Apple CarPlay and in an online web platform – seamlessly linking your mapping data across platforms via their cloud.

We have used Gaia GPS for many years and it has enabled us to plan, record, map and navigate throughout many of our programs and is used daily.

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