ITDS – It’s The Driveline, Stupid! Not as memorable an acronym as KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid), but it serves as a reminder of the main reason for picking up this book. Forget the tarty wheels and their ridiculous watch-strap tyres, the backseat video, the gold-plated iPod dock and the warmed water-bed for the Weimaraner hound dog – the most important part of what you are buying or have bought is the driveline. By-pass the fancy ® and ™ items and three-letter acronyms that clutter up the brochure. Ask about the driveline; know about it, be sure of what it does for you and the way you’ll be using your vehicle.

Priorities? The questions. What to ask:

Four-by-four driving, 4th edn      ISBN 978-0-9575385-1-1, Author: Tom Sheppard