OFF-ROAD DRIVING & TOWING
4WD RECOVERY PROCEDURE
Want to learn how to drive off-road? Why not book into a 4WD driver training course; you’ll learn all of the skills required to help you get the best from yourself and your 4WD. Learn how to use recovery equipment effectively and how to avoid injury to yourself and others during recovery procedures.
Our articles on correct, safe, legal driving and towing practices – on and off road – and recovery techniques are covered in great detail to get you started and help you have happy and successful bush adventures.
4WD DRIVING SKILLS
Many people still believe that engines need to be ‘idled’ before being put under load, or at the end of a driving stint. This practice is not only unnecessary, but wastes fuel, contaminates engine oil, clogs emissions systems, shortens engine life and … annoys nearby people.
Stop ignoring essential 4WD maintenance. Our 25 tips can tell you how to keep your 4WD on the road and reduce the chances of costly repairs and accidents.
We’ve heard recently about issues with snatch blocks failing during winching operations, which creates a very dangerous situation that is potentially fatal, if the snatch block pulley becomes a missile.
One day you’ll need to change a wheel and we show you some tricks that make the job less arduous.
In mid-2021 AL-KO upgraded its electronic stability control program to match the advanced safety electronics now fitted as standard to nearly all towing vehicles in the Australian market – including ABS. The new caravan fitment is known as Tow Assist.
These calculation tables are designed to make it easy to assess the effects of payload and towball weight when towing. Caravan and trailer weight distribution can also be calculated.