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Driving on dry roads
Under normal driving conditions, the dif-
ferential locks must not be engaged.
They do not provide any advantages at
all on dry road surfaces, but impair the
vehicle's steerability.
Particularly if the front axle differential
lock is engaged, the vehicle is no longer
Important instructions on the differential
locks are to be found on page 24.
Driving on wet, slippery roads
Due to the four-wheel drive, the engine
power is transferred even to a relatively
smooth road surface.
On wet surfaces
On wet roads one should also note that
even with the Transporter/Caravelle
syncro it is possible for the front wheels
to "swim" (aquaplaning) at high speeds.
For this reason, one should avoid ex-
cessive speed and drive at a speed
compatible to the road conditions. The
differential locks* must not be engaged.
Important instructions on the differential
locks are to be found on page 24.
On slippery surfaces
On slippery surfaces the rear axle diffe-
rential lock may only be engaged when
moving off, and at very low speed. The
lock should then be disengaged again.
The front axle differential lock must not
be engaged.
The style of driving must always be
adapted to suit the road surface and
traffic conditions. The increased safety
offered by this type of vehicle must not
encourage one to take unnecessary
In particular, one must always remem-
ber that the stopping ability is limited
by the adhesion of the tyres on the
road surface. The braking capability of
the vehicle is the same as that of a
normal two wheel drive vehicle. For this
reason, one should never be tempted
by the good acceleration capabilities,
even on slippery road surfaces, into
driving too fast.
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