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DRIVING CLINIC SCHEDULE FOR 2016

Island Beach State Park

9:00am

To sign up for this class you must call

Paul Harris at 732-995-6641

 

BRIGANTINE

10:00am

MapQuest Location:

http://mapq.st/1FiRMEM

To sign up for this class you must call

Doug Taylor at 856-981-3787

Another very successful driving clinic was held on March 13, 2015 at IBSP's main office. A full class of 19 showed up to have coffee and donuts before the clinic started. Paul Harris took the class over with the proper equipment that is needed on most NJ beaches and how to use it. The students then  watched the video on how to drive on the beach. Followed by a power point presentation by Paul Novello about beach driving do's and don'ts.

 

We then moved outside and helped the students air their tires down. A very special thanks to the 25 NJBBA volunteers, each student had an instructor with them while driving on the beach.  The sand was soft so the students got a first hand experience driving IBSP. The instructors took them south to A7, then back up to Gillikins entrance. Returning, many had a very tough time getting back over the hill to the main office and why air pressure plays a very important part out on the beach.

 

Paul Harris - Chairman

2016 Beach Driving Clinic in cooperation with the City of Brigantine. This is the 4th successful sponsorship of this clinic. At the clinic a power point presentation is made to present the proper beach driving etiquette, recommended safety equipment, reasons why airing down is necessary and the proper methods to be taken if one's vehicle becomes stuck. After the presentation the attendees are taken out on the beach, with instructors to help to get the feel of how a 4X4 vehicle reacts on the sand. This also entails a demonstration of the proper technique of using a snatch strap to assist a stuck vehicle.

NJBBA offers two classes a year in the spring; one at Island Beach State Park, and one at Brigantine. Each class can only support about twenty drivers. The reason for the clinic is to promote the safe and proper operation of a 4X4 motorized vehicle on the beaches.

 

Doug Taylor - Chairman

IBSP Beach Driving Clinic 3/13/2016

Pictures by Carole Harris & Bruce Wortmann

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Brigantine Driving Clinic 4/9/2016

Pictures by Doug Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

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EQUIPMENT: (This is mandatory on most beaches)

Permit for appropriate beach *Fire extinguisher *First aid kit *Jack *Jacking board (12"x12") *Shovel *Snatch rope/strap *Flash light *Spare tire *Tire pressure gauge *Road flare *At least ½ tank of fuel.

SAFETY RULES:

  1. USE COMMON SENSE!

  2. Always consider the weather before attempting a beach outing and the tide when deciding where to park on the beach.

  3. Watch where you're going. Always be cautious of your surroundings (bathers, animals, other vehicles, debris in the tracks, etc.).

  4. Yield to other vehicles if possible, rather than causing someone to get stuck.

  5. Speed limits: Obey them for your own, as well as, someone else's safety.

  6. Never drive or walk on the dunes. It is an offense in a State Park!

  7. Think about your actions and how they will effect: access, the next beach user, the environment etc.

  8. Always take your trash and a little extra off the beach with you.

  9. If you use a beach that permits fires, be sure the fire is out and buried before you depart.

 

VEHICLE INFO:

  1. 4-wheel drive is mandatory on almost all beaches and is RECOMMENDED.

  2. Horsepower: Too much can hurt as much as it can help Easy on that throttle! Slow and Steady!

  3. Tires: Standard tread design as compared to mud tread (mud tires are for mud and not sand). Almost all tires must be aired down to 15lbs.  to 18lbs. (depending on vehicle weight). Be sure to exercise caution when driving to an air up location. Low tires offer poor handling on a hard road surface.

  4. 4-wheel high gear vs. low gear: This needs to be determined on a per vehicle basis.

  5. Washing down your vehicle after a trip to the beach is critical if you intend to keep that vehicle. A good coat of wax will help with the removal of salt spray.

  6. Maintenance is important. Full grease fittings will not allow sand to enter, and a well maintained vehicle will not leak harmful fluids onto the beach.

BEACH DRIVING:

  1. ALWAYS air down! Use caution not to get sand in stem or cap. Lowering your tire pressure is easier on your vehicle, on the beach and on the next person to come on the beach.

  2. Plan your movements. Try not to make last minute decisions. Cross ruts gradually and avoid hard turns. Use pre-existing ruts when possible.

  3. If you start to get stuck STOP! There is no hard bottom; you will just continue to dig a hole. The throttle is not the answer. Attempt to back up into your own ruts, air down, dig out or get help.

  4. If you need to be pulled out, always have the towed vehicle in gear if possible. Do not dead pull, a snatch strap and tension is usually all that is needed. Try to avoid 30mph jerk outs they are hard on all the equipment and very dangerous to those nearby.

  5. Always fill in the holes that are created when you get stuck; the next person will thank you!

  6. If your vehicle runs hot from beach driving, turn it into the wind and open the hood. Do not shut it down hot!

 

COURTESY PATROL:

  1. Courtesy patrol is a group of NJBBA members who give up their time to assist other beach users. They can be identified by a flag or door sticker on their vehicle. If you need assistance flag down any Courtesy Patrol Member and they will be happy to assist you If at all possible. If you are interested in joining the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association and being part of our courtesy patrol contact any member here today or visit our website at www.njbba.org

 

REMEMBER TO USE COMMON SENSE AND A LOT OF YOUR BEACH DRIVING CONCERNS WILL BE UNWARRANTED!!