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Trip Grading

Trip Grading

For trips in the Club’s calendar a grading system of levels 1 to 6 is used to assist members in deciding which trips they would most enjoy and which grade suits the driver’s level of skill, vehicle and experience. This system of grading is a guide only. The grade assigned to a trip may change due to weather conditions, and the trip leader should be consulted in such circumstances. The trip leader has the right to deny a request from a driver who is considered not to have the necessary level of skill in four wheel driving, or whose vehicle is deemed inadequate.

Southern Tablelands 4WD Club Trip Grading


Southern Tablelands 4WD Club Trip Grading (Dry Weather) V2.0
    
Grade 1    
    
Grade 2    
    
Grade 3    
    
Grade 4    
    
Grade 5    
    
Grade 6    
   
Terrain
   
   
   
TAR ROADS & VERY EASY GRAVEL
   
Tar roads or very easy gravel or clay topped type   dirt roads.
   
Some high range 4WD driving and no low range   driving.
   
   
   
EASY GRAVEL/DIRT ROADS
   
May include some corrugations and small obstacles.
   
High range 4WD driving likely and some easy low   range driving possible.    
   
EASY TO MODERATE OFFROAD TRACKS
   
Including bush tracks and riverbeds, wet clay and   grass. Some moderate water crossings.
   
River crossings would normally have well-constructed   entry and exit points.
   
Some steeper hills and banks (possible   cross-axle-ing).
   
Trips may include desert type driving on made tracks   in areas of moderate remoteness.   
   
MODERATE TO DIFFICULT TERRAIN
   
Including rocky creek and riverbeds, bush tracks,   wet clay and grass, or long sand driving. May also include tracks with   deteriorating surfaces, ruts, rocky outcrops, moderate staircases and rock   ledges, or muddy sections (possible cross
   axle-ing).
   
Challenging banks and long hill ascents and   descents.
   
May include deep water crossings, may have some   degraded entry and exit points.
   
Trips may include remote areas driving (eg outback   desert country) with little to no outside recovery support.   
   
VERY DIFFICULT TERRAIN
   
Some technically difficult and challenging terrain.   Overgrown bush tracks etc.
   
May include deep water crossings, may have degraded   entry and exit points.
   
Vehicles will be travelling over difficult terrain   steep ascents and descents possibly requiring winching.
   
Significant ruts, rock ledges and staircases can be   expected.   
   
EXTREME TERRAIN
   
Very steep banks and hills.
   
Severe rock ledges and staircases can be expected.
   
May include deep water crossings, may have degraded   or non-existing entry and exit points.   
   
Track Building
   
   
   
NOT REQUIRED   
   
NOT REQUIRED   
   
MAY BE REQUIRED   
   
POSSIBLY REQUIRED
   
For less capable vehicles.   
   
LIKELY REQUIRED
   
For All vehicles.   
   
DEFINITELY REQUIRED
   
May include extensive and complex track building.   
      
Vehicle   Preparation
   
   
   
AWD, SOFT-ROAD 4WD, UNMODIFIED 4WD.   
   
UNMODIFIED 4WD   
   
4WD WITH BASIC MODIFICATIONS
   
Essential
   
– Rated   recovery points on front and rear of vehicle.
   
– UHF   radio.
   
Recommended
   
for   most club trips at Grade 3 and above:
   
– Traction   boards.
   
– Increased   ground clearance.
   
All-terrain   tyres.
   
– Snorkel.       
   
4WD WITH SOME MODIFICATIONS
   
Essential –   as for Grade 3.
   
Recommended
   
– Increased   ground clearance and better approach and departure angles.
   
– Traction   boards.
   
– Body   protection especially for sills.
   
– Snorkel.
   
Some   trips may require long range fuel tanks and remote area safety equipment such   as PLBs and Satellite phones.
   
   
   
MODIFIED 4WD VEHICLES.
   
Essential –   as for Grade 4.
   
Recommended
   
depending   on the trip:
   
– Increased   ground clearance and better approach and departure angles.
   
– Traction   boards.
   
– Sill   and under-body protection.
   
– Snorkel.
   
– Locking   differential(s).
   
– Winch.
   
– Aggressive   (mud-terrain) tyres.
   
The trip leader will advise the recommended vehicle preparation   in the trip notes.    
   
HEAVILY MODIFIED 4WDS
   
Essential –   as for Grade 5.
   
Strongly   recommended
   
As   for Grade 5, with a winch and specialised recovery gear mandatory.   
   
Potential Damage
   
   
   
UNLIKELY   
   
NEGLIGIBLE   
   
MINOR DAMAGE
   
Brush marks and scratches possible, also possible   tyre and body damage.
   
   
   
POSSIBLE DAMAGE
   
As for Grade 3, including damage to sills and front   and rear ends.   
   
PROBABLE DAMAGE.
   
As for Grade 4, including body and mechanical   damage, especially to CVs and drive train.   
   
HIGHLY PROBABLE DAMAGE
   
Body damage from rocks and banks. Mechanical   breakages common – CVs, axles, rims etc.   
   
Expected   Level of Driver Skill and Experience
   
   
   
LITTLE   EXPERIENCE
   
Suitable   for any licensed driver.
   
Basic   driving skills and ability to read road surfaces and judge effect upon   traction and braking.    
   
SOME   EXPERIENCE
   
Suitable   for any licensed driver.
   
Knowledge   of vehicle and selecting high/low range 4WD.
   
Basic   driving skills and ability to read road surfaces and judge effect upon   traction and braking.    
   
SOME   EXPERIENCE
   
Knowledge   of vehicle and selecting high/low range 4WD.
   
Experience   at driving on low range tracks.
   
Stall   recovery technique may be required.   
   
EXPERIENCED
   
Completed at   least three Grade 3 level trips.
   
Ability to   judge appropriate speed and momentum for obstacles will be needed.
   
As for   Grade 3 with increasing need for accurate wheel placement, being in the right   gear, selecting the right line, and maintaining the correct speed and   momentum. Drivers must be competent with stall-recovery technique on steep   terrain.   
   
VERY   EXPERIENCED
   
Completed at   least three Grade 4 level trips.
   
As for   Grade 4, plus significant experience and excellent vehicle control skills, including   when to use and not use locking differentials. Basic & Intermediate   winching techniques.
   
   
   
EXTENSIVE   EXPERIENCE
   
Extensive   4WDing experience over a number of years including Grade 4 & 5 trips.
   
As for   Grade 5 and must know how to winch and recover vehicles in very steep terrain   and complex environments.
   
Careful and   deliberate selection of the best/appropriate line will be required.
   
   
   
Driver Training
   
   
   
NIL    
   
NIL
   
   
   
COMPLETED BASIC DRIVER TRAINING   
   
COMPLETED BASIC DRIVER TRAINING
   
Depending on the trip the Trip Leader may specify   other courses that require completion for that specific trip.   
   
COMPLETED BASIC DRIVER TRAINING.
   
Depending on the trip the Trip Leader may specify   other courses that require completion for that specific trip.
   
   
   
MUST HAVE COMPLETED BASIC DRIVER TRAINING   AND INTERMEDIATE WINCHING & RECOVERY COURSE,
   
Strongly Recommended to have completed the Advanced   Driver Training Course.
   
Depending on the trip the Trip Leader may specify the   completion of other courses.   
   
Line   Selection
   
   
   
STAY   IN YOUR LANE   
   
STAY   IN LANE AND AVOID POT-HOLES   
   
CAREFUL   LINE SELECTION
   
   
   
CAREFUL   LINE SELECTION
   
Careful and   deliberate selection of the best/appropriate line will be required.
   
Possible   use of spotter.   
   
VERY   CAREFUL LINE SELECTION
   
Careful and   deliberate selection of the best/appropriate line will be required.
   
Probable   use of spotter.   
   
ADVANCED   LINE SELECTION
   
Careful and   deliberate selection of the best/appropriate line will be required.
   
Definite   use of spotter.   
   
Likelihood of a Recovery
   
   
   
NOT LIKELY    
   
NOT LIKELY    
   
POSSIBLE
   
Possible (but not likely) use of basic recovery   techniques.   
   
POSSIBLE
   
Possible use of simple recovery techniques (for   example possible use of winch).   
   
PROBABLE
   
Probable use of complex recovery techniques.   
   
DEFINITE
   
Complex advanced recoveries, including redirection,   righting the vehicle, slingshot, etc.   
   
Recovery
   
Equipment
   
   
   
NO REQUIREMENT   
   
NO REQUIREMENT   
   
BASIC RECOVERY EQUIPMENT   
   
APPROPRIATE RECOVERY GEAR FOR EXPECTED TERRAIN
   
(And other equipment as specified by the trip   leader).   
   
APPROPRIATE RECOVERY GEAR FOR EXPECTED   TERRAIN
   
(And other equipment as specified by the trip   leader).   
   
APPROPRIATE RECOVERY GEAR FOR EXPECTED   TERRAIN
   
(And other equipment as specified by the trip   leader).   

Membership

The club provides two levels of membership

full member           family member

To be a Full Member you must own a suitable four wheel drive vehicle and hold a driver's licence. Basic Driver Training is provided only to the Full Members. Partners and family members of the Full Member are categorised as Family Members and may undertake Basic Driver training by becoming full members but pay only the annual membership fee component (not the joining fee) and may revert to family membership after 12 months. Details of all membership entitlements are provided at Section 3 (1) of the club by-laws.

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