A track grading classification scale has been developed to assist in advising Trip Leaders and participants on 4WD trips of the type of tracks that they can expect to encounter. It is intended, over time, for all 4WD tracks to be rated according to this scale and sign-posted accordingly.
On most 4WD trips participants can expect that a variety of tracks will be traversed each with an appropriate rating. Trip Leaders should advise participants of the range of track ratings expected to be encountered on the planned route.
The following classifications will assist in determining an overall Trip Rating:
|Overall Description||All Wheel Drive and High Range 4WD. Novice Drivers||Mainly High range 4WD but Low range required. Some 4WD experience recommended.||Significant Low range 4WD with standard 4WD ground clearance. Should have 4WD driver training.||Low range 4WD with High ground clearance. Experienced Drivers|
|Expected terrain and track conditions||Mostly unsealed roads with no obstacles and minor gradients.||Tracks with some steep and/or rocky/slippery/sandy sections. May have shallow water crossings.||Tracks with frequent steep and/or rocky/slippery/sandy sections. Possible water crossings.||Tracks with frequent very steep and/or rocky/slippery/sandy sections. May have difficult river crossings.|
|Vehicle suitability||All wheel Drive and High Range 4WD. Can be low clearance with single range and road tyres.||Suitable for medium clearance vehicles with dual range and all terrain or road tyres.||Suitable for medium to high clearance vehicles with dual range and all terrain tyres.||Suitable for high clearance vehicles with dual range and tyres suitable for the terrain. (Mud Terrain tyres).|
|Recovery equipment||Recovery equipment required.||Winch / Recovery equipment required.|
|Driver Training / Experience||Suitable for novice drivers.||Recommended that drivers have experience or 4WD training. Recommended to be done in groups of vehicles.||Recommended for drivers with reasonable experience or 4WD training. To be done in groups of vehicles.||Drivers with extensive experience and advanced training should only attempt as there are several technical challenges. Recommended to be done in groups of four or more vehicles.|
|Weather||May be difficult in wet conditions.||Will be more difficult in wet conditions.||Will be more difficult in wet conditions.||Will be more difficult in wet conditions.|