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5 Accessories You Need for Off-Road Driving

03/07/2024 by Lania Mason in Lifestyle

Off-roading is embedded in Australian driving culture, and four-wheel drive (4x4) vehicles continue to thrive in the vehicle purchasing market.

The latest data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) confirms this, with 4x4s securing four spots in the top ten car models for May 2024, with the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux, Isuzu D-Max, and Ford Everest making the list.

So, if you’re thinking about venturing off the beaten path, we’ve put together a list of our top five accessories to equip your vehicle with to tackle obstacles, navigate challenging terrains, and maximise your off-roading experience!

1. Bull Bars

Australia is home to a wide variety of wildlife and encounters with animals such as kangaroos and wombats are common, especially in rural and remote areas. A bull bar provides critical protection against collisions with these animals, minimising damage to your vehicle and enhancing the safety of both the driver and passengers.

2. Roof Racks

Off-road adventures often require carrying extra gear, such as camping equipment, spare tyres, fuel cans, and recovery tools. Roof racks provide additional storage space, allowing you to transport all necessary items securely and efficiently, freeing up interior space and ensuring a more comfortable and organised journey.

3. Spotlights

Many off-road tracks traverse remote and poorly-lit areas, where natural light may be insufficient, especially during dusk or night-time driving. Spotlights significantly improve visibility, illuminating the road ahead and highlighting potential hazards such as wildlife or obstacles on the track.

4. Snorkels

A snorkel raises the air intake point of your vehicle to a higher position, reducing the risk of water entering the engine when crossing deep water. This modification helps prevent hydrolock, which can cause severe engine damage, allowing you to navigate water crossings with greater confidence and safety during off-road adventures.

5. Towbars

Off-road terrain can be unpredictable, and there's always a risk of getting stuck or needing to assist other vehicles. A towbar provides a secure attachment point for recovery equipment such as tow straps or snatch straps, allowing you to recover your own vehicle or assist others in challenging situations. This capability enhances your self-reliance and readiness for off-road adventures, ensuring you can navigate through tough terrain with greater confidence.

If you’re considering a new vehicle and looking to take adventures off-road, then we can help you get a new car with accessories through a novated lease arrangement.

With a Fleetcare Novated Lease, you can package the vehicle and running costs into a simple payment. When it comes to accessories, we collaborate with top manufacturers and distributors of 4x4 parts, securing substantial discounts through companies such as ARB Australia and Ironman 4x4. Accessories included in your novated lease are funded through your pre- and post-tax salary, helping to lower your taxable income and potentially save you thousands.

To speak to a novated leasing specialist, call us on 134 333.

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