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More Australians Are Heading Off Road And Getting Stuck

Over the Easter Weekend, one Queensland towing company reported having to help eleven 4WDs that had found themselves bogged.

Being stuck indoors for so long these last two years has left many Aussies feeling that they need to get as far away from the inside of a house as they can. As international travel has also been off the cards, we’ve turned to Australia’s backyard for adventure. More Aussies are buying brand new 4WDs, taking them off- road and getting them stuck there.

Over the Easter Weekend, one Queensland towing company reported having to help eleven 4WDs that had found themselves bogged. Drivers were buying fully decked out shiny new four-wheel-drives and doing exactly what they saw in the ads, only without all of the driving skills.

Speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, James Stewart, the director of Driving Solutions, said that new drivers in new vehicles having trouble off-road is more obvious than it might have been before because “There’s more people travelling around Australia, so the number of bogged vehicles is more visible.”

It’s a case of people thinking that the vehicle will be able to handle a sticky situation without the driver needing to have a proper understanding of the terrain. It’s a 4WD, after all, shouldn’t it be able to get itself out of wet sand? Andrew Boyd from Toyota Land Crusier Club, worries that these vehicles are going straight from the showroom to the beach and that’s landing their drivers in “all sorts of trouble”.

A 24-year-old driver had to abandon his 4WD in outback Queensland earlier this week after it got bogged in black soil. He took the car off-road near Aramac, which is smack-bang in the middle of Queensland, which is smack-bang in the middle of nowhere, and it got stuck. The driver was forced to walk nine hours for help.

To avoid finding yourself in a similar situation, maybe before you buy a brand new 4WD have a think. Maybe think about not doing it at all, maybe do something else entirely with the money. 4WDs aren’t just bad for the environment, but without the right skills they are also bad in the environment.