Off-roading 101

Off-roading 101

Putting your 4×4 through its paces on a gruelling off-road track is one way to escape the hustle and bustle of today’s fast-paced world … However, this enjoyable pastime could go south if you’re lacking the necessary experience. Enter Nissan South Africa’s Off-Road Guide series.

This four-part driving resource, designed to ensure that even the most inexperienced 4×4 drivers can enjoy their vehicles off road, is available online (free of charge) for any 4×4 owner.

Off-road specialist and author of the Guide, Glyn Demmer, says: “As an off road specialist I have been exposed to many levels of driver competency, especially when running training sessions. Often people have purchased an extremely capable off-road vehicle but lack the skill and knowledge to make proper use of their vehicle’s off-road technology, safely and responsibly.”

He adds that the Nissan Off-Road Guide provides a concise resource that covers everything from off-road terminology and tyre care, to environmental responsibility and 4×4 recovery – with an overriding theme of “tread with respect”.

“Simply put, if you have a 4×4 and want to take it off road, the Guide is a brilliant and essential tool to take a look at before you set off – no matter how high or low your level of 4×4 driving competency,” says Demmer. “Every off-road situation is different, and it’s never too late to learn something new.”

The Terrain Crossing Guide carries insight into correct 4×4 driving procedures – including seating position and how to hold the steering wheel – on some of South Africa’s greatest off-road trails, as well as how to tackle various terrains such as water crossings and rocky inclines.

“The Guide may be comprehensive, but it isn’t a replacement for a proper, practical off-road course,” continues Demmer. “There’s nothing like learning in the field and ‘on the job’, but the Nissan Off-Road Guide enables enthusiast to gain the sort of valuable knowledge that will come in very handy when physically tackling a trail, even with an instructor in the passenger seat.”

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