DRIVING THE VEHICLE
Do not attempt to drive the vehicle until thoroughly familiar with all the controls, Instruments, and
procedures. Always keep in mind the warnings and cautions found throughout this manual for the
safe operation of the vehicle and accessories.
The drivers hatch cover must be secured in either the stowed or closed position
when operating the vehicle. Failure to comply may result in Injury to personnel.
Before placing the vehicle in operation, make sure of the following:
That the drivers hatch cover is secured in either the stowed or closed
That all basic issue Items are stowed and secure.
Drive carefully, especially if not experienced with the vehicle. On hard pavement,
avoid oversteering and speeding. Control of the vehicle may be lost, and damage
to equipment or injury to personnel may result.
Use caution when operating the vehicle with the hatch in its open and locked position.
Be constantly aware of blind spots, especially on the curbside of the vehicle when
driving on or near side slopes. Specifically, the blind area from the right front to the
right rear of the vehicle may exceed 60 feet, depending upon the operators seat
height adjstment position and his nearest line of sight with the ground.
When driving the vehicle on or near side slopes, with the hatch in its open and locked
position. At the first indication that a rollover is imminent, immediately pull and hold the
drivers seatheight adjustment lever until the seat drops to its lowest down position, duck
your head into the operators compartment below the vision blocks, and brace for
impact. Remain in this position until the vehicle come to a complete stop. Do not attempt
to look outside the operators compartment or maintain control of the vehiclewhile the
vehicle is still in motion. Failure to follow these procedures in a rollover accident could
result in personnel being thrown from the vehicle, and suffering severe injury or death.
Do notattempt evacuation from an unstable vehicle. Ensure the hatch is in its open-
lockd position, if possible, before evacuation. An unlocked open hatch can fall causing
severe injury or death.
Do not leave vehicle unattended while engine is running.
Do not shift into reverse gears unless the vehicle is completely stopped.
Reduce the engine speed momentarily when shifting gears.
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