|Learn the art of four-wheel
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
The course includes, but is not limited
- Understanding the dynamics of a 4x4
- 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
- How to drive on a steep slope,
- 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
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
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
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.)
As a rule, the courses are held on the last
Saturday of each month. Check
the driver training dates here.
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
Download and complete the Driver Training Booking Form and
E-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax it to 0866-955-617
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
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
Alcoholic beverages (if you wish) for after the course.
Preparing your Vehicle
Fill fuel tank and check fluid
Remove drop plates
Remove bicycle racks
Remove all loose objects
Remove side steps/rails if possible
All courses begin at 08h00 sharp and finish at 16h30 - 17h00
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