Before your next outback driving adventure, consider these tips from four-wheel drive trainer Keith Harraway from the RAC Driving Centre.

No matter if you are looking at doing a bit of beach fishing or a major four wheel drive trip along the Holland Track, then these tips can help you get the most from your 4WD safely:

  • Know your vehicle – is it a four-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive?
  • For all terrain ensure four-wheel drive is engaged and hubs locked.
  • Don’t drive through water that exceeds the middle of your wheels unless your vehicle is specially prepared.
  • At water crossings if you’re unsure of the depth inspect it carefully fi rst, using a stick to check for depth and obstacles.
  • To drive on sand or mud, deflate your tyres until you see a bulge in the tyre walls and a lengthened tyre footprint.

Keith has been training off -road adventurers for more than 30 years and is a trainer for the RAC’s Recreational Four-Wheel Drive Course as well as corporate 4WD courses for workers driving in harsh conditions.

The Recreational Four-wheel Drive Course puts you and your vehicle to the test using real scenarios. Remember, these tips are just a guide and every four-wheel drive owner should become familiar with their own vehicle’s handling before going off road.