Soft Road or Compact 4WD
These are wonderful little vehicles in which you can have a lot of fun DrivingWA BUT they need to be used within their limitations, and you need to understand what those are.
If you are not sure please contact some of our professional partner organisations, like Russell Booth at ARB or Rob Robson at Robson Bros 4WD Service and Repair, for advice.
These vehicles are more accurately defined as all wheel drive vehicles, as they typically do not have a low range capacity and have limited ground clearance.
They have become a very substantial part of the market in the US and Australia.
The problem with them is that many of their new owners have no skills in 4WDriving, therefore do not understand what these excellent vehicles can and cannot do; which can get the owners into danger and cost them a lot of money.
The answer is not to simply drive them along St Georges Terrace and to the shops on the weekend. Get out there and do it BUT get some training first, and perhaps do some tag along tours with professional instructors so that you can learn as you go.
Our great supporter Ray Harris from Campfire Escapes and Eureka 4WD Tours provides excellent training services as well as interesting activities; many of which would be within the reach of a soft roader.
Another excellent source of information is the Western Australian Four Wheel Drive Association, which also runs Driver Training Programs