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5 tips for newbie 4x4 driver

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5 tips for newbie 4x4 driver

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5 tips for newbie 4x4 driver

 

If you’ve just bought a brand-new (or new-to-you) 4x4, and have no experience driving off-road, where do you begin? Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. As slow as possible, as fast as necessary

This may sound like a clichéd bumper sticker, but it’s true. When you get to an obstacle in the road, go as slowly as you can, using just as much acceleration as you need to overcome it. This reduces the chances of damaging the vehicle or injuring yourself or anyone else.

 

2. Walk before you drive

If you’re unsure how to approach an obstacle, or if it is a water obstacle and you’re unsure of the depth, or if it is a ridge that you can’t see over, walk it first. Stop your car, get out, and walk over or through the obstacle to make sure it’s safe to drive over, and that you know where to put your wheels.

 

 

 3. Learn your vehicle

There’s no point in having a 4x4 vehicle if you don’t know how the 4x4 system works. If in doubt (we know you’re not going to want to hear this), read the manual or ask for help!

A Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has a very different system to that of a Fortuner or Hilux, and to get the most out of it you need to understand it. The dealership will have an expert in the system who will be able to assist you or be able to recommend someone.

Also become familiar with the most basic of basics, like knowing where your spare wheel is and how to change a flat tyre.

 

4. Learn under safe conditions

Driving off-road can be intimidating or downright scary, especially if you have no experience. The very best way to earn is from an accredited professional 4x4 instructor on a 4x4 course or track. The instructor will be able to teach you about your vehicle as well as give you practical instruction on how to tackle everything from mud to rocks to water.

 

5. Go with backup

Especially when you’re new to off-roading, it is wise to travel in convoy with at least one other vehicle. If you get stuck the other vehicle might be able to pull your vehicle out or, worst case scenario, give you a lift to assistance.

 

 

 

Tips

 

5 tips for newbie 4x4 driver

 

If you’ve just bought a brand-new (or new-to-you) 4x4, and have no experience driving off-road, where do you begin? Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. As slow as possible, as fast as necessary

This may sound like a clichéd bumper sticker, but it’s true. When you get to an obstacle in the road, go as slowly as you can, using just as much acceleration as you need to overcome it. This reduces the chances of damaging the vehicle or injuring yourself or anyone else.

 

2. Walk before you drive

If you’re unsure how to approach an obstacle, or if it is a water obstacle and you’re unsure of the depth, or if it is a ridge that you can’t see over, walk it first. Stop your car, get out, and walk over or through the obstacle to make sure it’s safe to drive over, and that you know where to put your wheels.

 

 

 3. Learn your vehicle

There’s no point in having a 4x4 vehicle if you don’t know how the 4x4 system works. If in doubt (we know you’re not going to want to hear this), read the manual or ask for help!

A Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has a very different system to that of a Fortuner or Hilux, and to get the most out of it you need to understand it. The dealership will have an expert in the system who will be able to assist you or be able to recommend someone.

Also become familiar with the most basic of basics, like knowing where your spare wheel is and how to change a flat tyre.

 

4. Learn under safe conditions

Driving off-road can be intimidating or downright scary, especially if you have no experience. The very best way to earn is from an accredited professional 4x4 instructor on a 4x4 course or track. The instructor will be able to teach you about your vehicle as well as give you practical instruction on how to tackle everything from mud to rocks to water.

 

5. Go with backup

Especially when you’re new to off-roading, it is wise to travel in convoy with at least one other vehicle. If you get stuck the other vehicle might be able to pull your vehicle out or, worst case scenario, give you a lift to assistance.