Few countries in the world offer so much adventure within close proximity to major cities as Australia. If you are looking at the land "down under" from afar and planning a trip to explore the Outback, then you've got a lot to look forward to. You do need to make sure that you are prepared, however, and certainly when it comes to your mode of transportation. What do you need to consider if you are going to get the maximum enjoyment out of your adventure and make sure that you are going to be safe?
The Journey Ahead
Firstly, you need to understand just how big the Outback is. It's certainly possible to drive all day and not come across another human being, and this means that you have to be completely self-sufficient, just in case. Many of the major roads are well kept, even though they are loose surface, but if you do venture off the beaten track, you need a vehicle that is rugged, and you need to know how to drive it properly.
All Wheel Drive
You absolutely need to rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle for this type of activity. When you hire it, make sure that it has a comprehensive toolkit and talk with the 4wd hire company about what is included. You will need a "high" jack and a plate to put beneath it so that you will be able to change a flat tyre in every condition. You'll also need a full set of screwdrivers, ring and open spanners, tape, wire, rope and some lubricating spray.
Make sure that you carry spare parts like radiator hoses, a fan belt, fuses and bulbs. Carry some extra engine oil and plenty of water, not just for the vehicle, but for every person in your party.
Before You Set out
When you rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle, it is likely to be in very good condition, but you should always check the essentials before you set out. In particular, make sure that you have a fully inflated and serviceable spare tyre and that you know how to make some rudimentary repairs in the event of an emergency.
Driving on a loose surface is not difficult, so long as you always take your time. Always engage "permanent" four-wheel-drive and go straight up and down any steep surfaces. Never cross a moving body of water, unless you're absolutely sure just how deep it is from one side to the other.
Stay With the Vehicle
Finally, if the vehicle does break down and you cannot fix it, don't be tempted to walk to try and find any help. It's very easy to get disoriented and to become a victim of the conditions, so don't panic and wait for assistance.
If you want any additional information before you set out, talk with the supplier of your four-wheel-drive vehicle, who will be a great source of knowledge.