54 – Tips for a 4WD newbie heading out on their first 4×4 trip

If you are are 4WD newbie heading offroad for your first trip, then you will definely what to listen to our 4×4 newbie podcast.  Definitely have a listen to our newbies podcast edition.

My first time out 4 wheel driving  we ended up on the back of truck!  So have a listen to this podcast and get some ideas on what to do so you get out safely, have a great time, and get back safe as well, ready for your next trip out.  A few years ago, I ended up in a creek crossing that wasn’t that deep, but ended in tears. 🙁

Common mistakes the 4WD newbie makes.

There are a lot of mistakes that newbies make going offroad.  Here are some of the most common mistakes that newbies make heading out offroad.

  • Going out alone.  If you get stuck there is no one to help.
  • Not having some basic recovery equipment.  At least a shovel.
  • Picking tracks that are too difficult for their experience and/or vehicle.
  • Have a communications plan.  (Mobiles may not work where you are going)
  • Getting caught out by the weather.  A track that is easy in the dry can quickly become a nightmare in the wet.
  • Not being prepared in case the trip takes longer.  People sometimes get lost, or get stuck, and having clothes, food and water can make it a lot safer and comfortable.
  • Not having a map.  Paper is great, especially if your phone doesn’t have reception.

Have a listen to the podcast and your 4wd newbie trip should go a lot smoother.

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