Dealing with ditches dongas and sand ridges in a 4×4

By 20th Aug 2018 Sep 21st, 2018 Terrain Crossing
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Dealing with ditches dongas and sand ridges in a 4×4

Cross obstacles at an angle, one wheel at a time. This increases the clearance of the vehicle, at all time try to avoid cross lifting your wheels.

  • Enter the obstacle slowly, using engine compression in 1st gear low range to have control and stability.
  • Crossing a sand ridge or donga head on may cause you to foul your undercarriage, or damage the rear end as which is generally longer than the front of your vehicle.
  • Be aware of your break over angle, ground clearance and wheelbase. A long wheelbase vehicle requires careful driving.

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