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Tips & Advice

This page has several practical tips and tricks by Selfdrive4x4.com, which you can use on your own self-drive 4×4. You can also find a number of documents here, which you can download and use to prepare yourself for your journey.

Getting stuck in the sand:
When you’re travelling through Botswana or Namibia you have a big chance of getting stuck in sand at least once. On the track between Moremi and Chobe, for example, or during the last several miles of the 4×4 track to Namibia’s sand dunes. Reducing tyre pressure in advance prevents you from getting stuck. If you are stuck, dry sticks are the most effective method of freeing the car. This should be combined with shovelling away some sand around the axles. If you’re stuck, first try to drive backwards; it often gets you free. If you’re giving the sandy patch another try, going faster will prevent you from getting stuck again. 

Tyre pressure:
A reduced tyre pressure has the advantage of getting stuck in sand less easily. From 3-4 bar to around 2 bar, and in extreme situations slightly less than 2 bar, is advisable. However, it is important to know that by doing so, you’re also reducing the distance between the bottom of the car and the ground, which actually increases the chance of getting stuck because of the axles hitting the ground. Only decrease tyre pressure only when you really need to, and bring it back up again as soon as you’re back on solid ground, like tarmac or gravel. Driving too fast with low tyre pressure causes extreme amounts of heat, which will destroy the tyres. A soft tyre is also more susceptible to leaking caused by sharp thorns or rocks. Please keep in mind that the on-board compressor is often not strong enough to quickly refill the tyres, so be sure to find a place in the shade.

The high-lift jack: 
The high-lift jack (hi-lift jack) is a very useful tool, but using it is not without possible danger. We advise you to watch the instruction video carefully, so that you know beforehand how to use this lever. The high-lift jack is usually used in Africa to lift cars when they’re stuck in sand or mud. If the car is standing on solid ground and you need to replace a wheel or something, you should use the normal hydraulic jack. If the mechanism of the high-lift jack is not working properly, you can use WD40 or a similar spray to oil the mechanism.

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