Everyone has to start somewhere, and for those who are just venturing into the world of off-road travel, Harry Lewellyn's new book, Shifting into 4WD, is a great place to begin.
The so-called Silver Coyote has been teaching 4WD courses and leading off-road outings throughout California and the Baja peninsula for more than 20 years now. And he has done a remarkable job of distilling those decades of experience into a very approachable book.
Quite appropriately, he begins by dispelling the types of myths that discourage people from straying off the beaten path, including fears of getting lost or getting stuck and never escaping. Lewellyn then spends the next 300 pages discussing four-wheel-drive systems and how they work; trail etiquette and respect for Mother Nature; how to safely traverse various types of terrain; how to troubleshoot a whole variety of mechanical problems; and basic survival techniques that can see you safely home again.
In short, Shifting into 4WD gives the novice four-wheeler a solid guide to approaching nearly everything that has anything to do with off-roading. This how-to book is well thought out, lighthearted, and filled with common sense insights that combine fun with a good dose of the real world.
Further Facts: Glovebox Publications, Dept. 4WDSU, P.O. Box 12137, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, firstname.lastname@example.org, ISBN: 0-944781-02-2.