4WD Handy Hints

There are a number of things you should consider before departing on your 4WD holiday. Whether you are a 4WD veteran or a first timer, these handy hints should assist you in having a safe and exciting holiday.

* Always carry 30-50% more food, water and petrol when driving in sandy area

* Always have an appropriate collection of spare parts on hand so that you are prepared for any damage to your 4WD

* Before driving through water in your 4WD a good idea is to administer a repellent such as WD40 to the electrical components

4x4 rock climbing* Be prepared for getting bogged down in rough terrain by purchasing the appropriate tools for vehicle recovery

* Consider the driving conditions you are likely to encounter before you depart

* 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

* For your own safety you should report any remote trips you are undertaking to an appropriate official

* 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 possible keep the windows closed in your vehicle when travelling on the highway i.e. 100km/hour+ this reduces your petrol consumption

* If you are expecting to drive in muddy conditions you will need to use self-clearing tyres

4x4 offroad* Joining one of the many 4WD clubs in your area is a great way to meet people and gain information from experienced enthusiasts

* Keep in mind that rocky roads use up to 30% more petrol

* 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 - its too late once you're stuck

* Reverse gears use more fuel

* To increase fuel efficiency buy petrol at the time of day when the temperature is at its coolest - this is because petrol is at its densest during this time

* Try and maintain your speed, constant speeding up and slowing back down uses more fuel

* 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

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