Land Rover Owners Club of Brisbane Inc

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How do we grade a Trip?

A track grading classification scale has been developed to assist in advising Trip Leaders and participants on 4WD trips of the type of tracks that they can expect to encounter Trip grades are based upon previous experience and / or from a recent reconnaissance trip. 

On most 4WD trips participants can expect that a variety of tracks will be traversed each with an appropriate rating. Trip Leaders should advise participants of the range of track ratings expected to be encountered on the planned route.

The weather can have a significant bearing on the track conditions encountered before and during the trip. Inclement weather can quickly change an Easy trip to the difficulty of a Hard or Extreme one.

All vehicles attending a trip are to be in good mechanical condition as well as registered and insured for the intended trip. Failure to meet these conditions or having the minimum equipment for a trip could see you not allowed to attend the trip on day.


TRIP GRADES

 Classification

Description

Driver Experience

Scenic

All Wheel Drive and High Range 4WD Mainly High range 4WD but Low range required. Sealed and unsealed roads with no obstacles and minor gradients. All wheel drive and High Range 4WD. Can be low clearance with single range and road tyres Suitable for novice drivers.

Some 4WD experience recommended. Novice Drivers

Easy

Tracks with some steep and/or rocky/slippery/sandy sections. May have shallow water crossings. Suitable for medium clearance vehicles with dual range and all terrain or road tyres.

Some 4WD experience recommended. Novice Drivers ok.

Hard

Tracks with frequent steep and/or rocky/slippery/sandy sections. Possible water crossings Suitable for medium to high clearance vehicles with dual range and all terrain tyres Significant low range 4WD with standard 4WD ground clearance.

Driver 4WD experience recommended.  Should have 4WD driver training Recommended to be done in groups of four or more vehicles

Extreme

Tracks with frequent very steep and/or rocky/slippery/sandy sections. May have difficult Suitable for high clearance vehicles with dual range and tyres suitable for the terrain. (Mud Terrain tyres). May have difficult river crossings Low range 4WD with high ground clearance.

Experienced Drivers with extensive experience and advanced training should only attempt as there are several technical challenges. Recommended to be done in groups of four or more vehicles

Please also look at the minimum equipment that needs to be carried for each classification.




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