A beginner’s guide to off-road adventures
Eight things you need to know to prepare for a four-wheel-drive holiday.
More Australians than ever are heading off the beaten track to explore our wide brown land on a four-wheel-drive holiday. But before going bush, you need to make sure you’re well prepared and have the right gear for whatever your adventure might throw at you.
Repco’s 4x4 Adventure and Escape Merchandise Manager Dion Cachia says it’s important to plan for your level of experience and needs – but even the most experienced bush basher must start every trip by telling a friend or family member (who’s not on the trip) where you are going and when.
Dion says travellers should make themselves aware of local conditions, particularly when it comes to flood or fire warnings, and keep informed while on (or off) the track.
“Being aware of the environment that you are entering is a must as it dictates the equipment and precautions necessary. Seasonal factors such as overly wet and slippery conditions need to be well considered, as does extreme heat and dry conditions that increase the risk of fire danger.”
It’s also vital to familiarise yourself with your vehicle’s four-wheel-drive system and understand the various drive modes and functions. And as for any trip, ensure your tyres and brakes are in tip-top condition before you head off, and that your vehicle’s servicing is up to date.
When prepping your vehicle there’s no shortage of equipment to consider. Here are Dion’s recommendations for accessories to ensure a safe and successful off-road adventure.