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26 - Boggings, roll overs, fires, creek crossings gone wrong and 4WD accidents.

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  1. Patriot

    Patriot Super Moderator

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    We talk to Jason Lock to talk about all of the things that can go wrong when you head offroad.

    Before we get started, we talk a little about 4WD insurance and the work that Kalen is doing at Club 4x4. He is providing the insurance for 4x4earth members. If you are looking for insurance for your 4x4,check out the Inusrance page on 4x4earth. We get a commission from each one sold which helps keep 4x4earth free and independent. We also talk about The Day I killed my Jeep.

    Getting stuck and being unable to recover.

    We talk about my first trip out,everything that went wrong from a really simple trip out and how it went pear shaped really quickly. I relied on the kindness and smarts of a passing motorbike rider who helped me get out of the situation I was in.

    Getting bogged in mud

    The situation gets a little more serious when you are bogged in mud.

    Getting bogged in sand

    I love driving on sand, but there are some basics that everyone needs to think about. Tyre pressure is the most importantly thing to think about. Don't turn too sharply, keep your momentum up.

    Getting bogged in sand below the high water tide mark at the beach

    This makes it a lot more serious, because you are now fighting against time to get your vehicle free.

    Creek Crossings

    Lots can go wrong with creek crossings. We talk about my Jeep creek crossing gone wrong.If the river is flowing too fast, you can find you vehicle actually floating down the stream. Also, watch out for water in the engine. That is bad!



    Fires in long grass

    This happens every now and then, with either spinifex building up under the engine as you drive through the desert, or brakes, transmission and running gear getting hot and setting the grass on fire after you park.




    Rollovers

    Rolling your car can happen at very low speeds. There are a few videos on Facebook that show just how easily it can happen. Try to keep the centre of gravity as low as possible and take you time. Keep the car front on to the slope.

    Tow Ball injuries

    Common misconceptions have the tow ball as being a good place to recovery off. This is not the case and all too often people are struck in the head (and sometimes killed!) but tow balls flying off during a recovery.

    Major mechanical damage

    Damaging your car can be a big problem when you are offroad.

    Getting Lost

    Navigation embarrassment can be a big issue, especially if out by yourself (don't) or only have a GPS which stops working. The tracks databases can be wrong as well. I think it is important to take a paper map so you have a back up.

    Have a listen and please share, especially with people new to heading out offroad.
     
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  2. Airstrike

    Airstrike New Member

    Thanks for the podcast. I love hearing them, it helps pass my long public transport commute time. These are really good tips, especially with the beach driving ones - all about tyre pressure, not turning too quick, not flooring it through water crossings and recovering through the hitch not the tow ball. Good point you make about tow ball is for a constant load.

    Also, when you are relating to a beach...am I hearing "stockton beach" in NSW - newcastle? I've driven on that one many many times as that is the closest one to home and I have never had a problem with high/low tide on Stockton, sand is always firm on the Anna bay side but it gets very soft on the Williamtown entrance claiming heaps of newbies at the entrance.
    I have seen some funny stuff at Easter where some guy takes his Captiva and Kluger on the beach, only made like a couple of m but was eventually dragged out by some Prados. There was even rangers and police checking our permits and giving us instructions of where to drive, I was surprised they even let those cars through
     

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