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

248pp, 221x170mm, 325 monochrome images, laminated colour cover, softback

AUTHOR:
Tom Sheppard, MBE,
ex Royal Air Force test pilot, 4x4 consultant to major manufacturer, has accumulated more than 100,000 desert and overlanding miles over the years. He led the expedition to make the first coast to coast crossing of the Sahara, Atlantic to the Red Sea, for which he gained a Royal Geographical Society award.

SEC 1: 4x4 INGREDIENTS

The appeal 1.1
Why four-wheel drive 1.2
The compromises 1.3

SEC 2: FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEMS

Driveline basics 2.1
Differentials, controlling them 2.2
Types of four-wheel drive 2.3
Traction – 4x4 and low range 2.4
Soft-roaders – generic 2.5
Drivelines – snapshot 2.6
Controls – ergonomics 2.7
Automatic transmission 2.8

SEC 3: PRELIMINARIES

Mind-set 3.1
Low range – when and how 3.2
Gentle right foot 3.3
Geometric limitations 3.4
Look before you leap 3.5

SEC 4: TECHNIQUES

Towing - on-road 4.1
Driving on tracks 4.2
Ridges and ditches 4.3
Climbing steep slopes 4.4
Descending steep slopes 4.5
Traversing slopes 4.6
Weak ground 4.7
Sand 4.8
Rocks, stones, corrugations 4.9
Wading 4.10
Ice and snow 4.11

SEC 5: RECOVERY

Self recovery 5.1
Towing out 5.2
Snatch towing 5.3
Winching 5.4

SEC 6: ADVANCED DRIVING

Non-synchro gearboxes 6.1
Range change – manuall 6.2
Range change – auto 6.3
Down slopes 6.4
Towing off-road 6.5

SEC 7: EXPEDITION BASICS

Call of the wild/ Training 7.1/2
Vehicle preparation 7.3
Equipment 7.4
Logistics, vehicle choice 7.5
Fuels, engine oils, water 7.6/8

SEC 8: LOADING, TYRES

Loading/ Tyres 8.1/2

SEC 9: REFERENCE

Glossary 9.1
Press comment on previous editions:
“His writing is superb. The most complex subjects are explained with striking clarity and simplicity ... excellent photography ... high information content ... artistic merit...”
Daily Telegraph, UK
“ ... one of the most comprehensive books on off-pavement driving ever produced. ... world-wide expert on expeditions ... print quality and photography superb.”
Four Wheeler magazine, USA
“ ... inspired result .. well written ..exceptional ... “
Land Rover Owner International
“Serious off-road drivers will not want to be without this ... typically thorough ... Read this book and you will know more than many an expert ... “
Autocar
“One of the best books of this type we have seen.“
Auto Express
“ ... an elegantly written, crystal clear guide to the machinery and its use ... writes with humour as well as clarity ... beautiful photographs ...”
Evening Leader
“ ... a section on towing that ought to be required reading for anyone hitching up a trailer. ... a brilliant book to buy anyone who drives a 4x4.”
Distance Rider
“ ... a must ... one of the finest 4x4 books yet written.”
Land Rover Monthly
“ ... probably the best (4x4) book of all time ... It examines everything ... driving techniques are superbly covered .”
Evening Standard (London)
“ ... thoroughly recommended ... remarkable clarity and in-depth knowledge.... “
4x4 Magazine
“ ... caravanners will welcome the chapter explaining ... towing ... “
Practical Caravan
“ ... bang up to date ... The definitive book on off-road driving.”
LRO International
“ ... Considered by many the definitive guide ... all you need to know from the ‘soft roader’ to the most demanding professional off-road 4x4 applications ... “
Land Rover Monthly (LRM)
“ ... excellent .. Informative, tongue-in-cheek where it needs to be, eminently readable.”
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