GOING OFF-ROAD WITH YOUR 4x4
THINK RUGGED DESCENTS AND BONNET-DEEP WADING ARE FOR EXPERTS? THINK AGAIN.
POTHOLES, GRAVEL AND COUNTRY LANES: HOW TO NAVIGATE TRICKY DAY-TO-DAY SURFACES.
With good preparation and a bit of practice, anyone can off-road. A Land Rover is capable of more than you could ever imagine. My top tip is to know your 4x4 inside out before you set off.
LAND ROVER EXPERIENCE DRIVING INSTRUCTOR
UNDERSTAND YOUR 4x4
Get a good mental picture of the underside of your vehicle. Know where the fragile parts are, such as the fuel tank, engine sump, differentials and gearbox.
MEMORISE BASIC STATS
Memorising some basic stats will help you deal confidently with off-road obstacles. Get to know your vehicle’s height and width, its lowest point, wading depth and key angles.
READ YOUR MANUAL
Understand your on-board technology and all its features; you’ll find everything you need to know in the manual. If you don’t have your manual, download it now.DOWNLOAD NOW
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Check terrain and topography maps online. Consider current and recent weather, and how it might affect the land. Always abide by the Countryside Code.
Quick tips and techniques for dealing with off-road environments.
DRIVING THROUGH MUD
Engage Mud and Ruts on Terrain Response. Try to stay within existing tracks. Keep the wheels straight and use the information screen to guide you.
DRIVING ON SAND
Engage Sand on Terrain Response. The key to crossing sand is to know how firm the surface is. You need to maintain momentum to drive over the sand, not sink into it.
DRIVING THROUGH WATER
Try to work out how deep the water is. In static, shallower water, explore on foot and use a stick to gauge the depth - or watch another vehicle go through.
DRIVING ON HILLS
Going uphill, approach the hill straight on and use the highest gear possible. Never turn the vehicle on a steep slope. Going downhill, engage Hill Descent Control.
DRIVING ON ROCKS
Before crossing rocks and scree, get out of your vehicle and assess the risks. Select Rock Crawl on Terrain Response; this will engage low-range gears.
4x4 OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES
From Islay and The Faroes to unforgettable moments from the Discovery archives. These are the stories of our own Land Rover adventurers.
MEMORIES OF DISCOVERY
Intrepid adventurers share their greatest off-road moments in the much-loved Land Rover Discovery.
DEFENDER FAMILY TREE
To mark the end of production, we drove a fleet of the Defender’s ancestors in its spiritual home of Islay.
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