4WD Driving Skills

Paperback - November 2019 - AU $32.00 (AU $39.99)
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This fully revised and updated second edition is an essential reference for all 4WD enthusiasts.

An essential guide to safe and responsible four-wheel driving. + Full description

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.

This second edition of the bestselling 4WD Driving Skills complements nationally recognised training courses and has been fully revised to include updated vehicle terminology, technology and recovery techniques. It explains the essential skills of four-wheel driving for every type of on- and off-road terrain, how to approach challenging situations, and what to do if things go wrong. It is a valuable reference for all four-wheel drive enthusiasts.

- Short description


Paperback | November 2019 | $ 39.99
ISBN: 9781486312030 | 224 pages | 234 x 153 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Illustrations, Photographs

ePDF | November 2019
ISBN: 9781486312047
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ePUB | November 2019
ISBN: 9781486312054
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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  • Fully revised and updated to include current terminology, vehicle technology and vehicle recovery techniques.
  • Addresses the units of required learning in nationally recognised courses on the use and recovery of four-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Updated photos.


Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Getting started
Chapter 3 Driving on sealed roads
Chapter 4 Driving on unsealed roads
Chapter 5 Trail driving
Chapter 6 Stall starts and feathering the brake pedal
Chapter 7 Mud driving
Chapter 8 Driving across side slopes
Chapter 9 River crossings
Chapter 10 Sand driving
Chapter 11 Snow driving
Chapter 12 4WD recovery equipment
Chapter 13 Tyre changing
Chapter 14 Shutdown procedure

View the full table of contents (PDF, 80KB).


Vic Widman bought his first four-wheel drive vehicle more than 40 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.