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
We take driving for granted, but large 4WD vehicles demand specialised on-road and off-road skills and an appreciation of the effects of weight and a high centre of gravity.
It’s not uncommon for people to put petrol into their diesel fuel tanks and the results vary, from inconvenience to total engine failure. Here’s what to do.
One day you’ll need to change a wheel and we show you some tricks that make the job less arduous.
A high-lift jack is a very effective 4WD recovery tool – in the right hands and on the right vehicle. Using a high-lift jack on non-specific lifting points and without training can be a life-threatening experience. ARB’s new hydraulic jack is said to be much safer than the traditional mechanical high-lift jack.
A weighbridge that comes to you, allowing split-weights of axles and coupling is a service that many 4WD and towing people would welcome.
There are many ‘lemon’ complaints against caravan and camper trailer makers and importers. Sure, some are dodgy, but even the conscientious ones don’t get much guidance in safe design from the current ADRs and Vehicle Standards Bulletins. Compliance with legal requirements doesn’t necessarily result in a safe combination of tow-vehicle and trailer.