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DRIVING AND TOWING – 4WD DRIVING SKILLS

In this section we cover correct, safe, legal driving and towing practices – on and off road in great detail, to help you have happy and successful bush adventures.

Avoiding mis-fuelling

Avoiding mis-fuelling

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.

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Mobileye vs dash cam

Mobileye vs dash cam

Cameras can give drivers much needed help in today’s heavy traffic conditions, but there’s no way to retrofit the latest vehicles’ camera-activated autonomous braking into older vehicles. However, some camera-based technology can be fitted to any vehicle

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30 Off-road Driving Tips

30 Off-road Driving Tips

The OTA team has been driving around this magnificent country for a collective 200 years and we’ve picked up techniques from experts and from experience.

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Snow Driving

Snow Driving

Snow driving falls into two categories: getting to the snowfields on plough-patrolled bitumen roads; and dirt road and trail driving. Both pursuits have their hazards.

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Water Crossings

Water Crossings

Water has the potential to ruin your trip – you need to take extreme care with any water crossing, no matter how simple it looks.

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Safe On Road Driving

Safe On Road Driving

Safely driving a loaded 4WD for days or weeks on end over corrugated dirt roads, dodging skittish kangaroos and suicidal emus, is no mean feat. Add to that the different off-road techniques necessary to conquer slimy clay climbs, steep, rocky descents, giant sand hills, deep mud ruts, icy or croc-infested creeks and incoming beach tides and you have a pretty respectable list of driving skills.

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Rock Hopping

Rock Hopping

Rock-hopping is potentially dangerous, because if you make a serious error of judgment on a steep, rocky trail it’s easy to end up on your roof or wrapped around a tree.

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Driving a Part-Time-4WD

Driving a Part-Time-4WD

Around half of the new 4WDs sold come with part-time 4WD drivelines and our bet is that 99 percent of them will be improperly operated. The part-time driveline is poorly understood by 4WD owners and 4WD sales people.

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Beach Driving

Beach Driving

Beach driving should be fun, so why is the waterfront the most dangerous place to operate your 4WD? Why are more people killed or injured and more vehicles seriously damaged or lost on beaches than on any other off-road surface?

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Mud Plugging

Mud Plugging

The main attractions at off road competition events are usually the mud holes, because people just love seeing competitors deal with bottomless black ooze. It’s not so amusing, however, when you come across the same sort of stuff on an off-road trip.

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Driving in Bulldust

Driving in Bulldust

The soft, powdery dust known as ‘bulldust’ is a common hazard on bush roads and there are many horror stories about vehicles disappearing in huge bulldust holes. Fortunately, most bulldust encounters are far less dramatic.

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Desert Dune Driving

Desert Dune Driving

Most vehicles driving across the Australian desert dune fields are heavily loaded and some are towing trailers. That means a compromise between load capacity and the ideal tyre pressures.

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