Top five tips for 4X4 veterans and first timers
Keen to get your four-wheel drive out into the wild? Whether you’re an experienced veteran or a 4×4 first-timer, there’s always something new to learn about your vehicle.
Find out how to get the most out of your vehicle true Aussie-style with our top five tips for 4×4 wheel drives.
1. Be prepared
Of course, it’s important to make sure you’re mentally prepared to take on a 4×4 trip. Yet you’ll find you can put your mind further at ease by stocking up on the right supplies.
Load up your vehicle with the essential items necessary to wriggle your way out of any unfortunate situation. This requires you to do some forecast planning to figure out what potential situations you need to cover.
If you’re not already aware, Australia’s terrain can present its fair share of problems. That’s why it’s recommend to bring the following supplies to get you started:
- Tyre recovery gear
- Recovery tracks
- First aid kit
- Spare vehicle fluids
- Starter kit
- Snatch straps
- UHF radio
2. Take your time
We get it. When investing in a 4×4, there’s considerable temptation to get out on the road and test out its speed capabilities. However, we recommend starting slow before ploughing your way through various terrains.
There are several unforeseen obstacles you may come across while 4WDing, all of which require you to make a snap decision. These obstacles often relate to changes in terrain and determining which off-road tracks to take.
It can be hard to make a rational decision on the spot when you’re high on adrenaline. Ensure the safety of you and your passengers by going slow.
3. Know your vehicle
Learn what your car is and isn’t capable of before setting off on your journey. For instance, when taking an off-road trip, locate the lowest point underneath your vehicle. This helps determine the departure angle, wading depth and ground clearance of your 4×4.
Take your car for a test drive before your first real trip. This improves your comfortability and confidence when operating it.
4. Plan your route
Sure, flying by the seat of your pants may sound fun and spontaneous. However, to guarantee a successful journey filled with adventure, be sure to plan your route first.
Pre-planning ensures you factor in fuel stops, terrain obstacles to avoid, and alternative routes where necessary.
Keep your map handy so that you can tell someone exactly where you are should anything go wrong.
5. Understand the terrain
Australia’s varying terrains don’t have to be an obstacle if you know how to navigate them. No matter where you go, you’re likely to come across, rocky hills, muddy slopes, and much more.
Learn how to engage with different terrains, especially ones you’re going to encounter on your journey. This ensures you remain in control of your vehicle no matter the conditions.
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