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

* 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

* 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

About Olmate 4x4

No one knows 4WD’s better than Troy Whitelam of Olmate 4×4. Troy doesn’t just sell 4X4 gear, he installs it and he uses it. Troy’s 4×4 training courses have a huge following in the Central Coast of NSW. He’s practical knowledge is based on thousands of hours researching and testing for himself in real off road and recovery conditions. Troy doesn’t recommend the gear he sells – he sells the gear he recommends.

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