When it comes to driving four-wheeler through off-road, the drivers will come across 3 commonly tackled road obstacles, which are sand, water and steep hills. So, they have to develop fundamental skills that require them to get off the beaten track and get into the right track again. So, our Manual & Auto Lesson providers in Melbourne suggest a few skills focusing on the challenges like water fording, steep terrain and sand driving that novice off-roaders struggle to drive through.
How to Deal With the Steep Terrain?
It is quite daunting to tackle the steep hills, especially when you don’t know where you are heading. Based on the kind of terrain and the weather, it could be dangerous. However, it is exciting, and if done right, it would be a rewarding experience. Be it climbing or getting down- it all takes mastering some important skills. Otherwise, there could be a risk of roll-over.
You must start by assessing the steep incline before you begin. If necessary, you may need to get out of the vehicle and walk the climb to understand the potential risks. Take note of protruding rocks and tree roots and remember not to cross the steep hills or ruts on an angle, as it can increase the risk of roll-over. If you have to stop at the steep, set the parking brake securely. Both moving downhill and uphill are all about motive traction.
How to Deal with Water Fording:
Be it ascending or descending hills, water fording or water crossing is quite challenging with infinite variables. You must consider the depth of the water as well as its current, which may cause the vehicle to float. So, it is also important to know the wading depth of the vehicle.
Some vehicles come with limited water fording abilities, whereas others come with substantial capability. When you encounter the body of the water, you have to be slow and steady. You should enter the water slowly and once the front wheels are in, accelerate gently.
Sand Driving: Based on the size of the grain, how wet or dry it is, and the time of the day can impact your four-wheeler driving. In case of steep terrain (going uphill), we have suggested not to drive diagonally- it is also applicable for sand dunes to avoid the roll-over. Ever wondered why camels don’t sink their knees in the soft sand? It’s all due to wide and soft foot.
So, our instructors for the best driving lessons in Melbourne suggest spreading your vehicle’s weight across the greater surface area. Also, make the tyre pressure half, up to 4psi, until you start travelling smoothly. And, if you are driving across the beach and don’t get too close to the surfing area. It not only causes water damage but also can swallow your vehicle.
Instructors from our driving school in Melbourne recommend carrying a few items with you, which are suitable recovery points, Heavy-duty D-shackles, Snatch Strap, air compressor, tyre deflator, sand flag, torch, tyre pressure gauge, long-handled shovel and UFH radio.
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