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Posted on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

4×4 Hire Tips in South Africa

4×4 Hire Tips in South Africa

4×4 Hire Tips in South Africa

Our team at Temba Car Hire have put this article together to offer some tips when considering a 4×4 hire trip from South Africa into Botswana or Namibia.

Offroad driving

Every one has at some or other time dreamt of taking their car off road. One of the best ways to experience the wonderful world of off road travel is via 4×4 hire trips. You are able to hire a suitable 4×4 vehicle that will allow you to experience all the fun of being off road without the headache of having to maintain the vehicle yourself. We specialise in offroad vehicle rentals, however going off-road is no place to be if you don’t know how to handle yourself and your vehicle. There are several basic things you should be aware of before you set off.

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The Basics
One of the first things you need to understand is the clear difference between momentum and acceleration is vital – momentum being the speed that the vehicle has already built up that allows you to go through that muddy patch or sand. Acceleration is what you use to build up that speed. What this means is don’t try to suddenly accelerate like mad when you hit that mud or sand If anything, this will only make sure that you get stuck. Rather build up the speed beforehand so that the momentum carries you through it.

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Under Pressure
Tyre pressure is very important when taking a vehicle off road. Having a firm understanding of when to reduce and increase your tyres is key to making sure that your vehicle will be able to get in and out of all types of situtations encountered. Reducing tyre pressure increases the “flotation” of the vehicle. The tyre’s footprint becomes longer, reducing the pressure that the tyre exerts on the surface, spreading the vehicle’s weight over a larger surface. Reducing the tyres’ pressure will improve your traction, but remember that it will decrease your ground clearance and can expose the tyres’ sidewalls to damage in a rocky area.It’s crucial that you get to know your vehicle inside out. Get down on your knees and look underneath. What are the lowest points, what could get damaged, how high is the air intake? Keep these in mind when driving off road.

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Important note
Get a good, strong tow rope. It’s essential to help you navigate through any problems in which you find yourself. However, remember this piece of equipment is useless unless there’s another vehicle to attach it to. Never go off-road on your own.

If you enjoyed some of our top tips to consider when venturing off road. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff. who will be happy to assist you with all your 4×4 hire needs.

1 Comment

  1. I just return from Botswana with the wagon with registration number Luttig WP. The vehicle is still as a new. Ronell gave us excellent service. However it was very dry in Botswana and animals are suffering. I belief that good rains in mid January brought relief. I am looking forward to my next trip with Temba 4×4 hire.

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