So here’s a few tips that our own 4WD expert reckons is a good start, to help you have a safe and enjoyable 4WD journey no matter where you’re planning to go.
- Make sure you know what to expect before you start your journey – basic advice, yes - necessary, you bet.
- Always carry plenty more food, water and fuel than you think you’ll need when driving in sandy regions – when you get to Fraser Island you’ll also see that fuel ain’t cheap, but at least there’s plenty of water.
- There’s a good chance you’ll get bogged, it’s bound to happen to us all at some stage, so carry a vehicle recovery strap – there are several on the market (check out www.juststraps.com.au).
- Driver fatigue is dangerous, and let’s be honest it happens to us all at some stage, so remember to take a break every two hours, have a cuppa and a piece of your Mum’s fruit cake.
- Carry a good selection of basic spare parts, just in case you do some minor damage to your beloved 4WD.
- Before driving through water, check how deep it is to be sure you’ll make it – even if that means getting yourself wet – if you have any doubts what so ever do not drive into it.
- If you’re really heading off the beaten track, for your own safety make sure you advise any local authorities of your planned movements – it’s a good idea to advise your family too.
- When driving over a small ditch, drive at an angle so only one wheel crosses the ditch at a time – that way there’s always three wheels working hard to move your 4WD forward.
- If you plan on driving through a lot of mud, self-cleaning tyres are a good option.
- When driving off road down a steep hill, try to keep a straight line, use the lowest gear possible and drive as slowly as possible.
- When driving at highway speeds, keep your windows closed where possible, it’s a simple and smart way to reduce fuel consumption.
Joining a 4WD club in your area is a great way to meet people and learn from experienced 4WD enthusiasts – they’ll have heaps of great tips and ideas for your next big adventure. Then all you have to do is prepare for your trip, get out and enjoy Australia.
If you’re keen to grab some helpful info just check out these links - the first shows info on RACQ Four Wheel Driver Training courses, which might be just what you need before you set out. We’ve also provided some recreational 4WD clubs you might enjoy getting in touch with:
Happy and safe 4WD’ing
The Carzoos Team!