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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.

 

NIGHT DRIVING GLASSES DON'T WORK

This scam resurfaces every few years - December 2016

The myth that yellow-tinted driving glasses can help you see better at night just won't go away. Scientists have debunked the idea and you can read why right here.

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TYRE PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT FOR DIFFERENT CONDITIONS - June 2015

The correct pressure is vital for safety and tyre life.

The correct tye pressure for any situation takes into account speed, load and the type of terrain. No one-pressure setting can handle all conditions.

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THE GAINING OF OFF-ROAD WISDOM - April 2015

Getting started in off-roading needn't be dififcult or dangerous.

We know you can’t put an old head on young shoulders, but there are alternatives to learning everything the hard way.

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30 OFF-ROAD DRIVING TIPS - January 2014

Helpful hints for driving happily off the beaten track.

The OTA team has been driving around this magnificent country for a collective 100 years and we've picked up techniques from experts and from experience.

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DRIVING A PART-TIME 4WD

Around one third 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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FUEL CONSUMPTION IMPROVING GADGETS DON'T WORK - November 2015

There's no magic pill to reduce fuel consumption.

To the old maxim that there are only two certainties in life - death and taxes - there’s now a third element: fuel prices will continue to rise. So what can be done to reduce the size of the hole in your pocket?

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ROCK HOPPING

Be careful when playing with stones.

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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SAFE ON ROAD DRIVING

It it takes many years of practice to develop correct driving skills.

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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SNOW DRIVING

The white stuff is pretty, but it can be scary, too - updated May 2016.

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

Your 4WD isn't a boat - video added 2014

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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