Welcome to the Isuzu I-Venture Club.
Welcome to the Isuzu I-Venture Club.

Isuzu helping drivers go off-road with I-Venture Club

THE idea of a four-wheel drive with its ability to help you stray off the beaten track leaving the stresses of everyday life far behind is an extremely appealing one and one of the reasons vehicles of this ilk are so immensely popular.

But for most owners of a 4x4 - close to 90% in fact - the idea rarely translates into reality, with their vehicles confined to school drop-offs and shopping centre car parks, never actually making it off the bitumen.

That is the primary reason behind a new Isuzu initiative, the I-Venture Club, designed to ensure their buyers are getting the most out of their Isuzu vehicles in a safe and structured environment under expert tutelage.

It was this I-Venture Club program which saw us make our way to Moreton Island this week, where we were put through our paces in the D-Max X-Runner and MU-X by renowned four-wheel drive expert David Wilson.

In an exciting fun-filled adventure, we were guided outside comfort zones and schooled on the best four-wheel drive safety and techniques, including ideal tyre pressures, vehicle recovery and the negotiation of streams and rivers, much in the same way as I-Venture Club members will be.

Dave's top five tips:

Tyre pressure - Letting some of the air out of your tyres is essential for a safe trip. On sand generally a 50% reduction from placarded pressures is a good starting point.

High range 4WD - Switching your vehicle into 4H on the dirt is vitally important for safety. It makes the car run straight and true, it tracks nicely, steers beautifully and you will get home in one piece. Once you are done with the dirt you must go back into 2WD, as using 4H on bitumen, concrete and pavers and destroys the transmission.

Safety gear - An essential recovery kit including two snatch straps, two rated bow shackles, a tarp, air compressor, long-handled shovel and a rolled up newspaper to go between the snatch straps will serve you well in most instances.

Vehicle kit - It is essential to have proper 4WD tyres (truck tyres if you are going further afield) as they have better durability and traction and a suspension made for off-road not city driving.

Set realistic timeframes - Don't plan a journey that's 1000km away when you only have four days to do it in. It puts you under pressure to get to the location, have a good time and then get back for work. You are tempted to run at speeds on dirt roads which increases chances of rollovers.

For more information visit www.iventureclub.com.au.



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