If you’re an adventurer, thrill-seeker, or just someone who loves off-road driving, then Tom Sheppard’s Four by Four Driving is the perfect book for you. Tom dives into the depths of choosing a vehicle, outfitting your vehicle, and most importantly, using your vehicle for expedition travel. The easy-to-use book provides an in-depth guide to off-road driving, offering valuable insights and practical tips for beginners and seasoned drivers alike.
The book is divided into three parts, with each section focusing on a different aspect of off-road driving. Part one covers the basics of four-by-four driving, including the different types of vehicles and the various terrains you may encounter. Sheppard’s writing is clear and concise, and he does an excellent job of explaining technical terms in a way that is easy for anyone to understand. Supporting diagrams and photos help to convey ideas and give examples.
Part two is where the book begins to shine. This section is devoted to the different techniques and strategies you need to master to tackle off-road driving with confidence. Sheppard provides detailed explanations of how to navigate through mud, sand, snow, and other challenging terrains, as well as tips on how to approach steep inclines, descents, and obstacles.
One of the things that set Four by Four Driving apart from other off-road driving books is the emphasis on safety. Sheppard stresses the importance of proper maintenance, vehicle preparation, and driver training, as well as the need to always have a backup plan in case of an emergency. He also covers the different types of recovery equipment you should carry with you, and how to use it if you get stuck or stranded. At times, the book reads more like a survival manual or a boy scout guide for not getting yourself stuck in a bad situation. Which is a good thing.
Part three of the book is all about adventure. Sheppard shares some of his own experiences and provides suggestions for some of the best off-road trails in the world. Whether you’re looking for a challenging adventure or a leisurely drive through beautiful scenery, Four by Four Driving has something for you. Throughout this part of the book I particularly enjoyed seeing icons of the overlanding community like Jonathan Hanson and Graham Jackson using gear and showing proper driving and spotting techniques. If this guide is good enough for these legends, it is likely more than adequate for any adventure I might take off on.
Overall, Four-by-Four Driving is an excellent book that provides a wealth of information for off-road driving and overlanding enthusiasts. Sheppard’s writing is engaging, informative, and easy to understand, and the book is filled with practical tips and advice that will help you become a better off-road driver. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a novice, Four by Four Driving is a must-read book that will inspire you to get out there and explore the world off the beaten path.
You can purchase Four-by-Four Driving by Tom Sheppard at ExploringOverland.com.