Off Road Experience
April 11, 2017
Drive days are nothing new when it comes to selling vehicles or a brand but when was the last time you were asked to take your unblemished, pristine even cherished 4WD on a dirty weekend away by your local Mitsubishi dealer?
Chadstone Mitsubishi in Melbourne is beginning to offer just that to customers who service and/or purchase 4WD vehicles at the dealership, and not surprisingly call it the ‘off road experience’!
The purpose behind the initiative is to encourage customers with little or no off road know-how to explore the capabilities of their 4WD’s in real life scenarios whilst under the guidance of qualified instructors. The opportunity to drive new model vehicles over the weekend is an added bonus.
So… this ’tired of the city life’ soul went along for the inaugural event at the Portland Sand Dune Buggy Club. It's tucked away amongst the dunes of the Discovery Bay National Park spanning the stretch of coast from the Victorian - South Australian border to just west of Portland.
Initially drivers were guided through the basics of vehicle preparation, techniques and precautions specific to sand driving. Some of these included lowering tyre pressures to 16 psi in order to increase the tyre’s footprint upon the sand and switching off electronic stability control in order to eliminate loss of momentum when scaling large dunes. Then it was off to the practice area!
Once the skills and techniques required were achieved, the group headed out and explored the network of dunes including multiple visits to the ‘the bowl’ and the ‘the dipper’… needless to say much fun was had by all over the weekend.
As with any worthy 4WD trip away, the campfire roared at last light and the accounts of the days driving were voiced well into the evening. The excitement of what lies ahead for these now intrepid customers was evident in conversation and I for one hope they get to witness what this country has to offer once off the bitumen. #getoutthere