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Please follow these rules when engaging in four wheel drive.

  • Never use 4×4 on the tar road.
  • Do not drive above 60 km/h in high range, because it will damage the gearbox.
  • Do not drive above 30 km/h in low range, because it will damage the gearbox.
  • Always bring the car to a complete stop before engaging or disengaging 4×4.
  • When disengaging 4×4, if 4×4 light does not turn off, reverse just a few metres then go forward to re-inflate the tyres.
  • When driving to Deadvlei, stop at the 2×4 car park. Deflate the tyres to 1.2 kpa. Put the car into low range using the procedures explained at Aloe 4×4 Car Hire’s office.
  • If you leave Sossusvlei, remember to stop at the 2×4 car park and put the car back into 2×4. Also remember to re-inflate the tyres at the next petrol station.
  • If you are stuck in the sand, never spin the wheels. Do not burn out the clutch. Stop, deflate the tyres, use your spade to dig out the tyres then reverse in low range. If you are still stuck then call Aloe 4×4 Car Hire for help.
  • Never drive in the dunes of the Namib Desert.
  • Never drive in the dunes along the coast.
  • Never drive on the Walvis Bay Peninsula.
  • All roads west of Purros and Opuwa are at own risk (no insurance cover).
  • The 4×4 roads east of Camp Aussicht and west of Etosha are at own risk (no insurance cover).

At feeling stations in Namibia, someone else does all the work for you although you must make sure the petrol attendant uses the correct fuel for your engine!

  • The attendant will also happily wash your windows, check your oil & water and inflate your tyres. Generally it is considered good etiquette to tip the attendant before leaving the petrol station.
  • The network of service stations is very good with most small towns having at least one. Petrol stations will generally have a shop.
  • Generally, petrol and diesel can only be paid in cash.
  • All the 4×4 vehicles have to be fuelled with 50 ppm diesel.
  • The fuel gauge only shows the amount of fuel that is in the main tank.
  • When both tanks are filled the gauge will show full, until the second tank is empty. Only then will the needle on the fuel gauge start moving towards empty.
  • Main tank is 75 liters and the second tank is 40 liters.


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