As an avid 4 wheel driver, we are very keen to share our experiences and adventures. On this blog, we share all the things we learn about Off-Roading as we go.
Think rugged descents and deep wading are for experts? Think again.
With good preparation and a bit of practice, anyone can off road.
A 4WD vehicle is capable of more than you could ever imagine. It can carry you through almost any environment: thick forest, fiery desert, rugged mountain or frozen river.
use the 4x4 vehicle
for safe driving.
In these articles you will find basic information needed to operate a 4WD
Even if you are an experienced 4WD user, you will probably find some information in here you didn’t know or be reminded of something you may have forgotten.
In any event, please enjoy reading through these articles and learning or re-learning the benefits of driving a 4WD.
When venturing off road it’s important to drive as slow as possible and as fast as necessary, always try and make sure you operate the controls as smooth as possible.
Know your 4x4 vehicle
The key to safe driving on any terrain is a robust knowledge of your vehicle and what it can do.
Before you venture off road, equip yourself with a clear mental picture of the underside of...
4x4 OffRoad Driving Techniques
Off-roading at an advanced level requires mastery of your vehicle, a thorough understanding of the terrain and conditions, and an instinctive knowledge of what to do if things go wrong.
DRIVING ON HILLS
Driving uphill - Driving downhill
Hill-climbing 4x4 OffRoad Driving
Steep hills can be one of the trickiest obstacles you’re likely to encounter while driving off-road.
Not only have you got a gradient...
Driving over a
Approach ditches/holes at an angle for maximum control
Ditch crossing 4x4 OffRoad Driving
Ditch crossings can be quite hard on your car unless the correct technique is used. There is a risk of contact...
Minimise the risk and increase your chances of getting to the other side
Driving through a River4x4 OffRoad Terrain
Wading though deep water can be one of the most enjoyable and exciting aspects...
DRIVING IN MUD
In deep mud, you need steady momentum
to carry you through.
Driving through Muddy Soil4x4 OffRoad Terrain
Only drive through shallow mud
(the depth should not go above the
center of the differential); remain
DRIVING ON SAND
To travel across sand, you need a low gear and steady momentum
Driving through Sandy Soil 4x4 OffRoad Terrain
When the vehicle is stuck, lower
the tire pressure to make the
restart easier but don’t forget...
DRIVING ON ROCKS
Before crossing rocks and scree in your 4x4,
get out of the vehicle and assess the risks
Driving on a Rocky Surface 4x4 OffRoad Terrain
If possible, ask someone outside the vehicle
to guide you through...
DRIVING IN SNOW AND ICE
When off-road driving on icy surfaces use the
highest gear possible for the conditions
Driving on a Snowy Surface 4x4 OffRoad Terrain
Driving technique is especially important when driving in...
Escape from a Turned-over Vehicle
If the vehicle flips, do not panic and behave with caution.
The reasons vehicles are turned on their sides
An abrupt turn during high speed
driving, sudden braking, a collision
Advanced Techniques and Methods for Recovery
The Power of the Winch
Use a winch not only to get
unstuck, but also to remove
objects and to climb or descend
extremely steep hills.
A winch takes...