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Robert Pepper's 4WD Handbook : 2nd Edition : The Complete Guide to How 4WDs Work and How to Drive Them - Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper's 4WD Handbook : 2nd Edition

The Complete Guide to How 4WDs Work and How to Drive Them

Paperback Published: 6th May 2014
ISBN: 9781922131584
Number Of Pages: 488

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In this second edition of the bestselling 4WD Handbook, four-wheel drive expert and author Robert Pepper provides an in-depth explanation of how 4WDs work. He shares practical techniques for hill-driving, sand-driving, water crossings, as well as driving in mud, snow and sand.

In this revised second edition, Pepper includes techniques, photographs and technology from the very latest vehicles. This second edition also includes new chapters regarding off-road towing, choosing a vehicle and driving unfamiliar vehicles.

This guide also provides comprehensive explanations of how to get yourself out of trouble — always a possibility when exploring challenging terrain — with detailed chapters regarding recovery techniques.

About the Author

Robert Pepper is a freelance motoring driver trainer based in Melbourne, specialising in offroad vehicles and navigation. He has had over 400 articles published in 16 magazines and newspapers in Australia and around the world and has twice judged the annual awards for Overlander 4WD magazine.

Robert is closely involved in the 4WD club movement at several levels from leading trips ranging from day journeys to outback treks, organsing events such as abandoned vehicle recovery days and helping form responses to industry and government changes affecting offroaders.

Robert is also a senior instructor with 4WD Victoria, and has rewritten the basic training course, created a towing course and written an advanced vehicles course from scratch. He also trains commercially, and has contributed to and reviewed the Australian national 4WD training standards.

Prior to his involvement in offroading Robert was a private pilot with an interest in aerobatics. He has an interest in most things with wings, wheels or sails.

Highly recommend


Only 100 pages in but has definitely increase my knowledge about how 4wds work immensly. Im currently wanting to get into the scene and this book has given me plently ideas of how i want to set up my vehichle just by explaining how things work and what is ideal. Highly recommend for a newbie wanting to know more, website articles are good and watching videos but this book has much better information.




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Every driving technique chapter has a section on the environment to supplement a dedicated chapter on the subject.

How 4WDs work

What a driver needs to know.?? Differentials, gearing, suspension, power, torque and more.

Wheels and tyres for offroaders

Detailed discussion of tyres, rims, how to choose, low-profile vs high-profile tyres, how tyres work.

Modern vehicles and electronic aids

New vehicles have ETC, ESP, HDC, EBA, EBD, terrain-adaptive settings, torque-vectoring differentials and many more electronic driving aids.?? All are explained in a specialised chapter and referred to throughout the book.


A softroader is an offroader without low range. Theres a dedicated chapter on softroaders, and each chapter accounts for techniques without low range.

The usual 4WD driving techniques

Mud, rocks, sand, hills and snow are fully described with a chapter apiece.

More 4WD driving techniques

Dedicated chapters on night, long-distance, bitumen, economy, sideslopes, grass, car control, dirt roads.

Offroad towing Towing and manoeuvring trailers in difficult, low-range conditions.

Driving unfamiliar 4WDs

How to step into a vehicle you don???t know, and still drive it

4WD Recovery techniques

How to plan a recovery, then how to carry one out with snatch straps, jacks and other recovery gear like traction mats.

Recovery loads

Comprehensive discussion of what loads are involved in recovery using both theory and the results of real-world tests. Winching Detailed description of winching physics, forces involved, how to winch, types of winches.

4WD Accessories and modifications

A comprehensive list of modifications and accessories for a touring offroader with notes on why you???d need it, what to look for, and how it works.

Choosing a 4WD

Pros and cons of the major types of 4WD for offroad touring, and features you absolutely must have in a 4WD.

ISBN: 9781922131584
ISBN-10: 192213158X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 6th May 2014
Publisher: Woodslane Pty Limited
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 19.5
Weight (kg): 1.16
Edition Number: 2