Life’s too short for boring cars

I’m Robert Pepper, a journalist specialising in 4X4s, sports cars, towing and camping. This is my professional site where you can find out more about what I do and check out some of my work – I make videos, write books, blogs and articles, and maintain an active Facebook page. Here’s my latest writings:

A bad driver is usually defined as 'not me', but in reality it might well be you... Before anyone claims
Crash after crash. "People can't tow." Well you know what? We're not born with the ability to drive, let alone
What are snow chains, why do you need them, and when must you carry or fit them? What are wheel
Towing weights are really complex, but unfortunately, you have to know what your limits are and how to operate within
Electric vehicles require more frequent, and longer stops than ICE vehicles. Many EV advocates suggest this is a positive for
Australia is a big country, so offroad tourers need to spend a long time away from a servo and that's
I used to start articles with something like "electric vehicles are the future, like it or not" but now I
Reader question: Hi Robert, been watching your videos on towing, very helpful. I am confused about one thing though. After

And more about what I do:


My YouTube Channel is where I create videos explaining how things work, techniques to use and plenty more. It’s a bit different to the average automotive channel. I don’t do hyped-up enthusiasm, insincere product promotions or gush about awesomeness. I also interview people with interesting things to say for my webinar series.


I’m proud of my Facebook page where a small but loyal group of people interested in my work discuss all sorts of related topics. It’s a tough crowd at times, so knowledgeable but fair.


I’ve written two calculators, one for towing weights and the other for tyre sizes.


I’ve written four books, and you can find more about each of them on this site:

The 4WD Handbook – a very comprehensive book on offroad vehicles, covering how they work and lots of different driving techniques.

The 4WD Glovebox Guide – designed as a field reference for offroaders on trips, covering key driving techniques and instructions such as tyre repair. The Glovebox Guide complements the 4WD Handbook which is more detailed.

4WD Treks Close to Melbourne – describes twenty offroad trips accessible to all levels of driver and vehicle, each of which is less than two hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD.

GPS Vehicle Navigation in Australia a specialised offroad navigation book.