Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Feel Sand between the Tyres; Clubs Offer Help with Beach Driving for Newcomers to Four-Wheel Driving

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Feel Sand between the Tyres; Clubs Offer Help with Beach Driving for Newcomers to Four-Wheel Driving

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IS THE means to your next holiday adventure sitting quietly in the garage?

The four-wheel-drive has gone from being a work or farm vehicle to a family car but many never realise their potential.

If you want to put it to the test, but have never been four-wheel-driving, working out how to get started can be daunting.

Sunshine Coast 4WD Club president Rohan Woodhouse recommended joining one of the region's four-wheel-drive clubs to learn from more experienced drivers.

One of the first lessons newcomers to four-wheel driving needed to get down pat was how to use a snatch strap to do a recovery properly, Mr Woodhouse said.

He said a snatch strap needed to be secured to a vehicle at a point which could take the weight.

"Some people put the strap over a tow ball but that's not strong enough.

You need to attach it to a D-shackle or recovery point on your vehicle," he said.

Mr Woodhouse said newcomers to four-wheel-driving also needed to understand the importance of letting their tyres down during four-wheel-driving. …

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