• Download the June/July 2015 edition of the In Gear magazine
  • ig apr 15
  • Download the February/March 2015 In Gear
  • December 2014/January 2015 In Gear. Click to download your copy.
  • October/November 2014 In Gear cover
  • Download the August/September 2014 In Gear

Spotting 101: Good spotting makes a difference

Spotter guides a vehicle up Wheeler Ridge

A friend sent me a quick note asking if there are universal hand signals for the spotters. Every spotter may have a slight variation, but below is a sample of the most commonly used signals.

I personally prefer to use a thumb or finger to point right and left, this avoids possible confusion when the entire hand is waving right and left. I also prefer only one signal at a time, and not  “Continue straight, slowly.” I guess I am not good at multi-tasking.

 Editor’s Note: The most critical (and perhaps the most difficult) rule to follow is only having one spotter. And remember that some of us can’t see over the hood when it’s up in the air, so verbal cues are good too.

Download article with illustrations

Join CA4WDC
Donate to Cal4Wheel

Latest News

  • Off-Road Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees +

    Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame logo Cal4Wheel Life Member Chris Collard among the inductees The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Announces the 2015 Class of Inductees Read More
  • Volunteers needed for Tahoe Adopt-A-Campsites +

    Miller Lake shoreline Last year, the Tahoe National Forest (TNF) released their latest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). These maps are the legal Read More
  • Winners of the CalStar Winter Fun giveaway announced +

    Ron and Ethel Tuttle, from the Grass Valley 4 Wheelers, won the flight on CalStar during this year's Winter Fun Read More
  • Adventures of replacing a CV joint on my driveshaft +

    Let me share a repair I recently performed on my 1998 Ford Ranger 4x4. I noticed one day that I Read More
  • New Cal4Wheel decals now available +

    We want everyone to have the new California Four Wheel Drive Association decals on their rigs, so we are offering Read More
  • 1
  • 2

Take action on issues that affect our sport