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« on: 01 June, 2006, 12:36:01 PM »

Do's & Don'ts for effective 4WD operation
Do
  • Familiarise yourself with the location of the various controls and their functions before driving the vehicle (read the owners manual)
  • Know the capabilities of your vehicle and the type of terrain you are going to operate in and proceed with caution
  • Satisfy yourself that your vehicle is in a mechanically sound condition and equipped to cope with the trip ahead
  • Select the gear and drive combination applicable before entering adverse conditions, and stay in that combination until you are clear of the obstacle
  • Always make as near as possible a direct line of approach or descent to and from a hill
  • When making water crossings if in doubt, check the depth of the water first - check in several places as there maybe hidden ruts under the surface, maintain a constant speed to create a bow wave and a vacuum under the engine compartment
  • Check ground clearance of your vehicle before you end up stuck on an obstacle
  • Drive and operate the vehicle according to the manufacturer's specifications before and after off-roading
  • Carrying a First Aid kit and consider getting the training to use it correctly
  • Consider taking off-road training
  • Have consideration for other trail users
  • Check vehicle after all off road operations to ensure it's in a safe and useable condition for the journey home
  • Remove all mud, dirt, debris etc. that could fall off on the road home, remember, it's an offence to drop mud etc. on the public highway

Don't
  • Off-road where it is not permissable - check the legality of your route
  • Drive with undue care and attention - 4x4 owners are seen in a poor light as it is
  • Drive alone - let someone know where you are going, carry a mobile phone (Note there may not always be coverage)
  • Charge into unknown situations where a minute of time taken could prevent injury or damage to your vehicle
  • Change gear in the middle of a water crossing, hills (up or down), or sand dunes
  • Operate 4WD on hard dry surfaces, this could cause damage to the drive train
  • Drive with your thumbs inside the steering wheel. Striking a hole or other obstacle could cause the steering wheel to spin, causing injury such as broken thumbs
  • Allow smoking during off road driving, as this can be a distraction and extremely dangerous should a lit cigarette be dropped while negotiating an obstacle.


 
 Please PM or Email me if you think anything should be added to this list
 
« Last Edit: 02 November, 2006, 19:30:11 PM by nickburt (Crazy V) » Logged

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