TECH­NIQUE: ORI­EN­TA­TION

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CAMP­SITE WITH THESE EASY TIPS.

4 x 4 Australia - - Contents - WORDS SCOTT HEIMAN

ORI­EN­TA­TION sounds like some­thing you did at school or in Scouts. Find­ing your way through un­fa­mil­iar ter­rain (like the bush or your new grade-five class­room), and adapt­ing to new ways of do­ing things and try­ing not to look too stupid while you mud­dle your way through.

Fun­nily enough, we ori­en­tate our trusty four-wheel drives ev­ery time we hop into it – whether we’re sim­ply driv­ing to the shops or nav­i­gat­ing a new stretch of bush. Many of us have hardand-fast opin­ions about how best to ori­en­tate our rigs in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions. For ex­am­ple, the pros and cons of nose-to-kerb or rear-to-kerb park­ing.

Ve­hi­cle po­si­tion­ing is more than sim­ply the ap­proach you take to a bog­hole or as­cent. Af­ter all, at the end of a good day be­hind the wheel, do you sim­ply stop and turn off the ig­ni­tion be­fore mak­ing camp? Prob­a­bly not.

We thought we’d ex­plain why ve­hi­cle ori­en­ta­tion can make a real dif­fer­ence around camp. You may find you prac­tise some of these tech­niques al­ready; oth­ers you might not have even thought about.

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