- Gravel/soil conditions – poor traction.
- Loose soil over a firm clay or rock base, which may slip underweight.
- Wet & slippery hard-packed clay.
- Soft spots – mud – hidden wheel ruts.
- Be aware of all water situations.
– standing water & marshy areas.
– hidden boulders, can cause a sudden shift of the load.
- Unless you are certain the depth of water does not exceed a safe operating level, do not drive through a body of water.
- Be careful driving thru wooded areas.
- extension of load – forks, buckets, other machine or vehicle parts.
- hidden hazards – branches & brush can cover gullies or obscure slope edges
* roll-over hazard.
- watch for rocks & stumps.
Hills, Slopes, Inclines
Know the location of all;
Driving on slopes or inclines can be dangerous. It can result in vehicle tip-over or loss of load.
Avoid these areas whenever possible.
- lack of necessary support for the load.
- heavy loads
– culvert can give way & collapse.
- insufficient backfill,
– the vehicle can slide into the ditch.
- loose soil,
– the vehicle can slide when crossing.
* Always exercise caution with culverts.