Maximize Power and Traction on Steep, Rocky, Sandy Terrain
New to off-roading / 4x4ing and using 4 Low? 4 Low is typically used when traveling on steep inclines and over rocky terrain. You are usually going under 60kms/HR or 40miles/HR. If you drive faster it just doesn’t make sense, it’s like trying to ride a pedal bicycle for power in your easiest gear. Low turns your wheels more slowly than it does on High which is why it is used for maximum power and traction.
Toyota Sequoia Off-Roading in 4L
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Image of 2WD/4L/4H Dial in a 2013 Toyota Sequoia 2nd Gen
We wrote a more extensive article on How to Use 4WD Low Off-Roading which has further explanations and tips, we won’t repeat them here but is probably worth a quick review if you aren’t familiar with using 4Low. The article uses our Land Rover Discovery as an example but that’s not what’s important.
If you are new to off-roading take time to read some of this awesome off-road training put together by a Paul Sinkinson, a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer.
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