Off-Road Discovery


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Mobility 4wd Adventure with Your Friends?

4x4 Driving with Mobility Challenges using Hand Controls

Ever considered taking one of your mobility challenged friends or colleagues on a 4wd adventure in your vehicle?

Anyone with a mobility issue together with their family or support team would really benefit from the experience. If they hold a current driving licence you may even invite them to drive some gentle off road terrain under your guidance if their mobility issue allows.

Even if they are unable to drive then they can still enjoy the experience of a 4wd adventure with you and your friends.

Everything is Possible with the right attitude of Ability not Disability.

You too will enjoy their experience.

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Land Rover Experience for Help for Heros Adventure Day

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4x4 Driving with Mobility Challenges...


Off-Road Winch Recovery

Land Rover Defenders Demonstrating Basic Rules and Guidelines for Winch Recovery

There are MANY cases a winch comes in handy and it’s not just when you are stuck. A winch can also get you out of tight spots that may otherwise damage the vehicle or environment around it. Keep reading to get the basic rules and guidelines to recovering a vehicle with a winch.

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Going to need to winch out of this one

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techniques on how recover with a winch...


Off-Road Vehicle Recovery

High Lift Jack, Airbag and Snatch Reocvery

Stuck in the Middle with You?

With apologies to Stealers Wheel, their Lyrics below should be part of the “Vehicle Recovery” Anthem:

Yes, I’m stuck in the middle with you
And I’m wondering what it is I should do
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you

Just like the lyrics above, the old observation of “as you wander through life, your always going to be bogged down in the “mire,” it’s only the depth that’s going to vary!”

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Off-Roading in Mud

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techniques on how recover a stuck vehicle...


4x4 a Water Crossing

Exhilarating and Challenging Off-Road Driving

There is one thing I can tell you about water – it’s WET!

As a Boat Builder/Designer/Marina Developer and Owner for 30 years as one of my businesses, I can confirm that “WET” and Mechanical/Electrical working parts don’t go well together.

Water crossings can provide some of the most exhilarating and challenging 4x4 Driving around. They can also prove to be the most expensive! So, if you’re not an Auto Mechanic or Auto Electrician then be prepared for those less agreeable quotes from your local 4x4 garage that usually start with “Open your Wallet Sir and say after me HELP YOURSELF!”

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Land Rover Discovery going for a swim

This really is as extreme as you ever want to go unless you are an Olympic Swimmer. This was on a 4wd Trek drive by a very experienced off-roader in a well prepared Discovery BUT it could still have been touch and go at this depth.

4x4 land-rover overland

techniques on how to 4x4 through water...


Overland Techniques for Rough and Rocky Tracks

As Slow as Possible and as Fast as Necessary

Rough and rocky tracks come in all shape and form. They can be up in the mountains, in amongst the forests and even in the desert. Yes, I did say desert, not all deserts are just sand.

When you are faced with driving such features, you need first to think back to the very basics of 4wd and check out the previous articles on Hazard Identification, Vehicle Geometric Limitations, Ascents and Descents as well as the one on ABS,TC and HDC Controls. If you don’t take these and the various driving techniques into consideration you are likely to be inviting trouble or failure.

Hang Ups & Dangly Bits

That’s right, Hang Ups and Dangly Bits to be discussed first…

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Land Rover Discovery 2 Off-Road Training: Rough and Rocky Terrain

4x4 overland

techniques on how to drive in rocky conditions...


Land Rover Discovery 2 - Air Suspension

How to Use

Land Rover Discovery’s are well known for their Air Suspension which works with the Land Rover Self Leveling Suspension (SLS) system. Love it or hate it, if you have air suspension you will want to know how to use it.

Controls for Air Suspension and Next Generation Driver

Land Rover Discovery Suspension Controls

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how to use D2 Air Suspension...


How to Cross a Ditch While Off-Roading

10 Steps For Crossing a Ditch - Trench - Fosse

Have you ever had to cross a ditch or been stuck in a ditch?

Keep reading to ensure you can safely maneuver around a ditch or mound.

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Everything you need to know to drive your Land Rover Discovery WELL

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techniques for crossing ditches and mounds...


Guidelines to Driving on Snow and Ice

Interesting Stuff Snow!

Interesting stuff Snow!

If I may, I’ll start this article off with a bit of humour as it hopefully will bring folks a better understanding of Snow and Ice.

I first came across the “White Stuff” in the late 1940’s the morning after one of the UK’s major blizzards. A family member was all excited to show it to me. I stood in awe as they opened the front door and they were shouting something that to me sounded like “Dwift” – Look, a big “Dwift.” Towering above me the full height of the door-frame was this large “Dwift” of the stuff. I stuck out my hand and had my first lesson about Snow; sometimes it has no support strength. It all fell in through the doorway and buried me; didn’t take much to do that as I was only 2 years old at the time.

What is All This White Stuff??

Kids and Snow

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techniques on how to drive in snow...


How to Drive on Sand Without Getting Stuck

Expert Tips on Driving in Sand

Do you have the pleasure to live or travel in a sandy location? Tropical beach, rolling sand hills or maybe it’s the desert for work. No matter where your sandy destination is be alert of the challenges of driving in sand. Too many people join the ‘digging club’ and it’s one club you’d rather avoid.

Please note this is general Sand not Desert Driving, although many of the basic principles are the same, Desert Driving is a “long” discussion in itself and we may cover that at a later date.

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Beautiful Beach

4x4 overland

techniques on how to drive in sand ...


Off-Road Rollovers

Why Do They Happen?

Following on from the On-Road Rollover information the same Laws of Motion, Physics and Vehicle Dynamics apply in conjunction with the driver’s experience.

Believe me, there are some very experienced off-road drivers out there who in the “panic” of the moment do forget their basic training. Despite how good we think we are, nobody is perfect all of the time.

Off-Road Rollovers occur on all types of terrain. You can be driving at any speed on a straight track, cornering, ascending or descending hills, traversing side slopes.

Let’s have a look at the most common causes and faults.

This content was developed by and owned by Paul Sinkinson, Xplorability owner. Paul is a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer and Programme Developer.

Vehicle rollover common causes and faults

4x4 overland

Tips for reducing the likelihood of a vehicle rollover ...