|* Pot holes cause bone jarring
effects and will eventually cause your suspension to collapse.
* Appearances can be deceptive.
Tumbleweed should be avoided because if enough of them
hit your windscreen, it
will crack and eventually shatter. Without a windscreen, you'll be vulnerable
to the sandstorms, dust
devils or tornadoes and will need to repair at the next Way-station.
* Fallen trees will block
your path but slaloming between them at a slow speed will cost you time.
* Rocks are a dangerous enemy
and can wreck your sump, crush your suspension or crack your
axle. Try to maintain a
high speed but it will take skill to swerve around them.
Road ruts may seem like
a good guide but hit them at an angle and they can damage our suspension.
Follow them and you could
ground the underside of your vehicle and hole your sump.
* Mud patches will slow you
down and could cost you the race if you lose too much time.When
ravines appear, you'd better
make sure you're travelling fast enough to make the other side. If you
fall short, you'll career
down the steep slope to the ravine floor and having to circle back. It'll
cost you time you can't
* Rock falls clutter the
mountain roads and you can never be quite sure where they'll appear. A
4x4 vehicle can drive off
road and drive around them but a buggy may need to find an alternate
route further back.
* Collapsed bridges with
water flowing beneath may not be safe. You'll need to judge if part of
bridge is still usable or
if you'll need to find another route?
* Keep an eye on your stamina.
You will need to top up on food and water as you race.
* Way stations on the salt
plains will allow you to effect repairs. You'll need to use the G.P.S.
compass to guide you there
but the plains come with the possibilities of flash-flooding.