TRED helps get a grip

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THE To­tal Re­cov­ery Ex­trac­tion De­vice (TRED) is a por­ta­ble ‘‘piece of road’’ that you place in front of bogged wheels so your ve­hi­cle gets grip and drives out. The dif­fer­ence to other sim­i­lar prod­ucts is that TRED comes in two sizes. The TRED 800 is for small 4WDs such as RAV-4 and CR-V while the wider and longer TRED 110 is suit­able for large 4WDs. The ad­van­tages over snatch straps and winches is that these are safe and do not need re­cov­ery ve­hi­cles or an­chor points.

4WDre­cov­ery gear Prices: $199 (TRED 800),

$229 (TRED 110); Avail­able: off-road stores HEMA Maps has won the In­ter­na­tional Map Trade As­so­ci­a­tion’s Gold award for its Aus­tralia Mo­tor­cy­cle At­las. It is bro­ken into Vol­ume 1 — with 200 top rides writ­ten by mo­tor­cy­cle jour­nal­ist Peter ‘‘The Bear’’ Thoeming — and Vol­ume 2 con­tain­ing a wall map of Aus­tralia. Each trip is rated and in­cludes a de­tailed guide, map ref­er­ences and trip de­tails. The large-scale 1:5 mil­lion Aus­tralia wall map also has 25 bike rides. Aus­tralia Mo­tor­cy­cle At­las; Price: $39.95 Avail­able: book stores, ser­vos and newsagents LONG-TIME mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist Tony Davis has tested all the ex­otic and pres­tige cars, yet seems to have a pas­sion for le­mons. His lat­est book fol­lows his best­seller Le­mon! 60 Heroic Fail­ures Of Mo­tor­ing. Again, he plumbs the depths of mo­tor­ing with 111 heroic fail­ures. His 290-page ir­rev­er­ent tome in­cludes Aus­tralia’s Ley­land P76, Ford Fal­con EA and Holden Pi­azza, which was built in Ja­pan and styled in Italy. It couldn’t cope with Aussie roads and was de­scribed as ‘‘the most fright­en­ing car we have tested’’.

To­tal Le­mons; Price: $19.99; Avail­able:

book stores THIS is a down and dirty bal­lad of bad boy ways, of men who love bikes, punc­tu­ated by the revving of a Harley and the back­fire of an oil-leak­ing road bike. It’s about the blokes your mums warned you about, but it’s also an in­sight into the world be­hind the leathers. It’s writ­ten by bikie scribe Boris Mi­hailovic who looks like a scary bikie but is elo­quent and eru­dite. My­Mother WarnedMe About Blokes Like Me; Price: $32.99; Avail­able:

book stores SAT­NAV guid­ance just be­came a whole lot eas­ier with visual clues in the in­struc­tions. The new Nav­man MY350 has such easy clues as the colours and names of build­ings and points of in­ter­est to elim­i­nate doubt and make in­struc­tions fool­proof. It in­cludes ev­ery­day speech in­struc­tions such as ‘‘at the Coca-Cola sign turn right into Vic­to­ria St’’. It also has driver alerts for haz­ardous ar­eas such as sharp bends, steep in­clines or an over­tak­ing lane. It comes with maps that are updated four times a year with the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on red lights and safety.

Nav­man MY sat­nav; Price: $299; Avail­able: elec­tron­ics stores

The To­tal Re­cov­ery Ex­trac­tion De­vice is ideal for free­ing bogged ve­hi­cles

Sad­dle up for some great rides with Peter Thoeming

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