Modern four-wheel drive vehicles are powerful and sophisticated machines, able to travel almost anywhere. Given their growing popularity with recreational drivers, there is an even more pressing need for adequate training. Even on sealed roads these vehicles require a different set of driving skills: off-road the demands are many times greater.
4WD Driving Skills concentrates on the essential skills of four-wheel driving for every type of off-road terrain as well as sealed and unsealed roads. It explains what makes a four-wheel drive vehicle different, how to approach challenging situations, and shows what to do if things go wrong.
An explanation of four-wheel drive systems
General principles of four wheel driving
Driving on sealed roads
Unsealed roads and corners
Controlling a slide
Passing oncoming traffic on unsealed roads
Trail driving in mountainous areas
Driving on wet and muddy tracks
Driving in sand
Caring for the environment
1. Introduction 2. Driving on Sealed Roads 3. Driving on Unsealed Roads 4. Trail Driving 5. Real 4WD Tracks 6. Mud Driving 7. River Crossings 8. Sand Driving 9. Snow Driving 10. 4WD Recovery Equipment 11. Tread Lightly
Vic Widman bought his first four-wheel drive vehicle more than 23 years ago and learnt his driving skills the hard way. He now runs one of Australia’s leading four wheel drive training schools and tag-along tour companies, and has conducted thousands of four wheel drive training courses.