Driving side slopes

Side slopes should be (1) avoided altogether or (2) treated with very great care.  These situations are the most likely to affect the stability of your vehicles and induce a roll over situation.  Many variables come into play when considering driving side slopes.  Is the degree of slope too great for the load and centre of gravity of the vehicles?  Are there any ruts to help keep you on course?  Are there any holes or rocks etc that will alter the vehicles centre of gravity as it crosses the slope?  Is there an escape route to turn down if things start to go wrong?

Always get out and have a good like and be mindful of obstacles and ruts that will upset the balance of any of the vehicles.  Loose soil or gravel will affect the vehicles ability to stay on the slope and could potentially cause a slide.  Remove any heavy objects or place them as low in the vehicle as possible this reducing its centre of gravity.  Passengers should get out if possible thus reducing the risk to personnel, should anything go wrong.  Use the passengers to guide the vehicle across the slope.  Passengers and bystanders should always stand on the uphill part of the slope to avoid potentially being hit by the vehicle should it roll over.  Keep all windows and doors closed.

Engage first gear in low ratio gearbox and the centre-locking differential if you have one.  Let the engine pull the vehicle along as slowly as possible.  If you feel that the vehicle is sliding down the slope too much, firstly try turning into the slope a little, if that fails and control is about to be lost, then turn down the slope and accelerate gently until the vehicle is under control once again.

Land Rovers have a maximum side slope ability of about thirty degrees.  However this will depend on ground conditions, the vehicle itself, how much load it is carrying and the tyres it is on.  Be VERY careful whilst driving side slopes.