Here are the 4WD hints from experts that you need to be aware of.
Top 4wd tips: Whilst we are all excited and want to get going, there are a number of things you should consider before departing on your 4WD adventure holiday.
Whether you are a 4WD veteran or a first timer, these handy hints should assist you in having a safe and exciting holiday.
- It goes without saying you need to carry 30-50% more food, water, fuel (and beer! cause you’re going to get thirsty) when driving in remote or sandy areas.
- Always have an appropriate collection of spare parts on hand so that you are prepared for any damage to your 4WD
- Before driving through any water in your 4WD, be prepared for the worst and it is a good idea is to use something like trusty WD40 on your electrical components
- Be prepared for getting bogged down in sand or rough terrain by purchasing the appropriate tools for vehicle recovery . Pack a spade and it’s a great idea to add a sand anchor to your kit too!
Top 4wd Tips: Plan your journey and think about possible hazards you may encounter.
- Driver fatigue is a dangerous and worryingly common aspect of long-distance driving. It is recommended that you don’t drive for more than 2 hours without stopping.
Around 20% of fatal road accidents involve driver fatigue. According to VicRoads Road Accident Facts Victoria, 1998 Edition, about 30% of severe single vehicle crashes in rural areas involve the driver being fatigued. If a driver falls asleep for just four seconds while travelling at a speed of 100 km/h the car will have gone 111 metres without a driver in control.
- For your own safety you should report any remote trips you are undertaking to an appropriate official or at least tell family where you are going and dates when you expect to be a certain spots just in case.
- If driving over a ditch or logs, cross it at an angle to ensure that only one tyre goes over the obstacle at a time – the other 3 tyres will help get the vehicle over
- If you are expecting to drive in muddy conditions you will need to use self-clearing tyres
- Joining one of the many 4WD clubs in your area is a great way to meet people and gain information from experienced enthusiasts
- Prepare your Outback survival techniques in advance in case an emergency situation arises
- Put chains on your tyres as soon as you feel them slipping on the road, track etc – it’s too late once you’re stuck
- When driving across a river/creek crossing try to drive slightly against the current for the first part, then slightly with the current to help you exit the crossing
- When driving down a steep hill in your 4WD you must try to drive in a straight line or as close to it as you can. Use the lowest gear possible and drive as slowly as you can
- When driving in sand the best sort of tyres are ones that are relatively bald with less air pressure
Shared with additions, thanks to Australian Explorer.