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HOW TO: PREPARE FOR AN OFF ROAD ADVENTURE

If you’re planning a road trip of any kind, whether it’s on or off-road, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top condition.  We have put together a list of our top five tips to help you organise the perfect getaway.

1. Get your 4WD serviced

Get your 4WD serviced to ensure there aren’t any major issues. This will reduce the chances of breaking down while you’re on your adventure.

2. Pack smart

When packing your car, separate must have and nice-to-have items. First, pack all your must-have items.  See how much room you have left before you pack the rest. Load your vehicle so weight is kept low to the ground and avoid placing heavy items like petrol cans and spare wheels on a roof rack.

Make sure you place items you may need during the drive – like first-aid kits, food and drinks, maps, toilet paper, spare parts and tools – in an easily accessible spot.

3. Let out some air

When you enter an off-road situation, you’ll need to lower your tyre pressure – this is especially important when driving on sand or when conditions are boggy.  Lowering your tyre pressure will also prevent punctures from sharp rocks. How much you reduce your tyre pressure depends on your vehicle, tyre type and the load you’re carrying.

Before you re-enter a sealed road, ensure you increase your tyre pressure again.

4. Gear Up

Speaking of tools, you’ll want to make sure you’re equipped if you’re going off-road in a remote location and must carry out any basic repairs. Bring along tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, a hammer, spanners and sockets.

Depending on the terrain you’ll be travelling through, you might want to pack a recovery kit, traction ramps and a tyre repair kit.

5. Keep yourself and your car fuelled up

If you’re venturing off-road in Australia, you need to take precautions in case things don’t go to plan. Most importantly, ensure you have enough water. The general rule of thumb is two litres of water per person, per day. If you’re driving in the desert, you’ll need more.

You’ll also want to make sure you’ve got enough petrol when you’re in the outback. Plan your trip, know where your fuel stops are, and consider taking spare fuel.

 

Top Tip 

Australia is a huge place, before setting out to explore make sure you take out roadside assistance.  Nothing spoils a trip more than being stuck on the side of the road.
Being a member of the AANT entitles you to roadside assistance 24/7 with additional benefits for all of our members.  Interested? 

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