Tips for hirers when Planning an off-road adventure? Here are some important things to remember when you are planning your trip and in the lead up to your holiday.
- Destination & route
Be sure to fully discuss your planned itinerary with the owner. In many cases, they will be able to advise on the safest/easiest way to complete your trip.
- Reassessing your route
Outback tracks can constantly change and sometimes it may not be suitable to proceed without damaging the van. Whilst we understand you may have plans to get to a certain destination or event, please note damage caused by choosing to proceed through unsuitable tracks will be fully charged to the Hirer. Where possible, seek advice from other travellers/locals about the conditions and update your plan where necessary.
To avoid any additional charges, make sure you leave plenty of time in your itinerary to clean the van when you return. This includes interior, exterior and underbody.
- Travel time
In order to drive safely off-road, it is important to drive slowly and conservatively. Please make sure you set realistic expectations of how far you are able to travel each day due to the reduced speed. (Full guidance on driving off road can be found below in
- Understanding wear and tear
Off-road hires will naturally mean that the Van will be going over rough terrain and on unsealed roads. Wear and tear that typically will occur is stone chips, sandblasting, and debris. These can be avoided and are not damage that can be either claimed from the hirer or typically from an insurer. Plan to protect your Van from wear & tear with stone guards and carefully screening where your hirer can go. Fair Wear and Tear Guide
- Off-Road Checklist
In order to add an extra layer of protection to each off-road booking, we recommend that owners and hirers complete our "Off-Road Checklist” during the handover in addition to the Pre Hire Checklist. This ensures that both parties are in complete agreement over the route and fully aware of the potential risks.