Off-Road Driver Training to Unit Standaard 254135

 

Learn the art of four-wheel driving. 

Have you recently bought a 4x4 vehicle? Are you going on a trip or wanting your partner to learn the basics of off-road driving? Learn the art of off-road driving at the Four Wheel Drive Club's Driver Training courses. The course is also extended to kids who are just starting out on their driving careers.

One of the reasons you bought a 4x4 was to enable the whole family to venture out to the many isolated and exciting destinations around South Africa and our neighbouring countries. The aim of the training course is thus to ensure that the whole family is trained to understand the complexities of off-road driving as well as its dangers.

Our new off-road driving experience is a fully participative and informative day for the whole family. From learning about your individual vehicle to the basics of off-road driving, to the planning of an overland trip, our enthusiastic and highly-qualified team of instructors will ensure that you will complete the course and drive away with confidence and skill.

This is not a unit standard certified course and we can therefore dispense with the long, boring technical lectures and reams of paperwork that was required in previous years and concentrate of actual driver training. Instead, we can spend time driving around the track and obstacles of Base 4 giving true value and a better understanding of how your own vehicle performs in different situations.

The course includes, but is not limited to:

  • Understanding the dynamics of a 4x4 vehicle
  • Understanding the uniqueness of your own vehicle - all those buttons for "traction control", "hill descent", "diff locks", etc, what do they mean and what are their functions?
  • How the suspension operates and its limitations when travelling over rough terrain.
  • Understanding the importance of tyre pressures and their influence on driving on different types of roads and tracks and other obstacles that you may encounter on an overland trip.
  • How to drive on a steep slope, including reversing
  • Driving in different terrain, from sand to mud to rocks
  • How to proceed safely through deep water and mud
  • Reversing trailers and caravans (bring your own vehicle with you)
  • Basic safety and recovery as well as the equipment needed. A large selection of safety and recovery equipment and their different uses will be on display

Our instructors have had many years of off-roading and overland traveling experience and will be on hand to offer advice on vehicle and camping equipment, so bring all your questions along.

The course will commence at 08h00 and finish at around 16h30. Boerewors rolls will be supplied at lunch time, but please bring your own refreshments, sun hats and sunblock.

All participants are welcome to camp over at Base 4 at no extra cost.

Please note: Participants need to provide their own registered and roadworthy four-wheel-drive vehicle for this experience. If you are unsure about the suitability of your vehicle, please contact us to discuss this. This training is suitable for licensed drivers of all driving abilities.

Course Duration and Venue

The course is run on a Saturday from 08h00 to 16h30 and is suitable only for 4×4 vehicles with low-range gearing. Classroom theory is followed by practical ascent/descent, stall starts and cross-axle training at our Base 4 training facility. This is followed by a drive around the Base 4 property, experiencing a variety of different obstacles under the guidance of experienced instructors. Overnight camping is available at no charge

Ladies Training

The driver training portfolio also offers exclusive ladies-only training weekends. The course content is identical to our normal course, but provides an opportunity for female drivers, without the distraction of a ‘back seat driver’, to gain the skills that may be necessary should the principal driver of an off-road vehicle become incapacitated during a trip. (Male companions are welcome, but are relegated to tending the camp or lounging around the pool. During the drive out, we leave them at Base 4 in the company of their cooler box. Those insisting on tagging along are left under the first available thorn tree, without the cooler box.)

Dates

As a rule, the courses are held on the last Saturday of each month. Check the driver training dates here.

Fees

The fees below are for driver training and include all lectures, practical training, reference materials, tea and coffee throughout the course. Candidates are to supply their own meals.

R600 per vehicle and R50 per person
Spouses or significant others attending with the driver - free of charge
Children over 18, companions or friends attending with the driver - free of charge

Bookings

Download and complete the Driver Training Booking Form and E-mail it to training@fwdcsa.co.za or fax it to 0866-955-617

Payments
Please make payment directly into the club’s bank account and include your surname, initials and DT as the reference.

Bank - First National Bank
Branch Code - 250655
Account name - Four Wheel Drive Club of SA
Account number - 58810022334
Reference - Surname, initials and DT

All bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis and no-one may participate on the course without full payment having been received in advance. 

Please note that no alcohol may be consumed for the duration of the course.

What to bring with you

NB! Certified copy of your driver's licence
NB! Certified copy of your ID document

Refreshments for the day including your lunch
Enough bottled water for a hot day
First aid kit
Recovery equipment (if you have any)
Tyre pressure gauge
Fire extinguisher/s
Alcoholic beverages (if you wish) for after the course.

Preparing your Vehicle

Fill fuel tank and check fluid levels 
Remove drop plates
Remove bicycle racks
Remove all loose objects
Remove side steps/rails if possible


Duration

All courses begin at 08h00 sharp and finish at 16h30 - 17h00


Location

The driver training course is held at the club's property, Base 4, near Hennops River. To see a map of how to get to Base 4, click here.

 

     

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