Driving over gravel roads in a 4×4

By 13th Aug 2018 Sep 21st, 2018 Terrain Crossing
driving on gravel roads

Driving over gravel roads in a 4×4

Many 4×4 accidents happen here due to poor driving resulting in costly insurance claims or injuries. Corrugations on gravel roads are formed by vehicles that regularly use the road, when driving, find a comfortable speed.

  • Watch your front wheel for a moment, you may feel comfortable but your wheels and suspension are really working and not always in contact with the ground.
  • Due to the varying surface, braking capacity is diminished.
  • Steering precision is also affected.
  • On gravel, extra traction is required, use 4WD or AWD.
  • Dangers areas are along the verges where sand accumulates as well as drop offs, if you go around a corner and your front or rear wheels leave the stable surface and slide – you could roll your vehicle.
  • Be careful of erosion ruts along the sides of gravel roads, dropping a wheel into a rut could have serious consequences.
  • Speed, hard braking and aggressive steering should always be avoided.
  • Avoid driving on gravel roads at night.
  • In poor visibility, put your headlights on and slow down.
  • Avoid moving to the right side of the road as there may be oncoming traffic.
  • Keep a safe following distance when in convoy or when vehicles are in front of you. Flying stones could damage your vehicle.
  • Be aware of the surface at all time, many gravel roads have marble like stones which reduce traction.
  • If travelling for long periods on gravel you can reduce tyre pressure (10% of road pressure).

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