Fleet Auto News visited James and his team at Driving Solutions to get to know the Toyota Fortuner on the 4WD course at Sydney Motorsport Park. We took part in the regular driver training courses (we paid – no freebies) on a Saturday to get a better understanding of what modern 4X4 vehicles can do in water, sand and rough terrain.
The Fortuner was standard specification including the highway terrain road tyres and it didn’t miss a beat. During the interview with James he explains that the 4X4 SUV or ute that you buy today is very capable straight from the factory and will be able tackle most off-road situations.
It’s often the driver that creates the hairy situation with excessive speed or poor technique. And this is what the training course focuses on.
We also learnt that you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to go off-road. Just a few key things like a good tyre pressure gauge and compressor will get you started.
If you’re a first time 4X4 owner, then a course like this would be great to give you the confidence to get out and about. Driving Solutions recommend starting in popular spots where there will be help if you need it before tackling anything solo.