Know thy vehicle. And know what it can and can't do. There are real four wheel drives, and then there are the toy four wheel drives for city slickers.
A Toyota Hilux or Landcruiser is real, a BMW X5 isn't...
I would have to agree with this, as so far has been the biggest issue I have came across in my travels, people taking ford falcons down 4wd roads and
becoming stranded, or people not understanding the basics of tyre pressures and becoming stuck frame deep in sand.
it boggles my mind that they feel comfortable enough to be out there in the first place while being so under prepared
I was in Kalbari Nation park, in western australia, the parts roads are heavily corrugated and rough. no big deal for me, let my tyres down to about
25ish psi to help float on the road, but on my way out I found a car on the side of the road with a busted sway bar preventing them from moving, so I
pulled out my tools and removed the bar so they could continue, while I was doing this they said they had sent there little brother in 35c heat to
walk 6 km to the national park gate, which would of been closed by now. for help. hopped in the wagon and sped off, maybe a kilometer up here is this
kid, no hat, no sunscreen no water trying to trek back. insane, they could of killed there own brother.
At the same time though, get out ad enjoy the outback, it may be dangerous but go prepared and have a blast. there are a lot of cool places to check
My rig for outback travel:
230L fuel capacity,
100L water capacity
food for a month - dry foods and the like
A few things I can add:
Carry 2 spare tyres, I have blown 2 tyres within 40 kms on the east coast, luckily I was around towns when it happened.
5-10L of water per person per day - this includes cleaning and dishes.
enough food for a few weeks - dry foods can keep for ages
shade - you will need it, there are not many trees
Get out there and explore!!
edit on 15-11-2012 by cruisn06 because: (no reason given)