4X4 Off-Road All Terrain Training Course (1 Day)

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Location: Oldcastle, Co Meath & Watergrasshill, Co Cork
Duration: 1 Day
Course Date: Rolling
Registration: 9am
Course Time: 9am to 5pm
Course Cost
Company Member: €250
Non Company Member: €350

Course Overview

This course, while fun to do is aimed specifically at those who drive for work. There are no high speed river crossings or aggressive approaches to hazards which are found on most 4x4 courses. The objective is for the driver to understand what the vehicle is capable of doing on its own and then learning how to ‘partner’ it to obtain the best from it.

Understanding what it can do Off-Road will give the driver an appreciation of it handling limitations On-Road. It is a lack of understanding of the vehicles design that causes the majority of incidents as drivers falsely believe the 4X4 vehicle is infallible in adverse weather.

This course is graduated in difficulty lending to a driver obtaining a better ‘feel’ for what the vehicle is trying to do. In essence, less is more. A theory session of approx’ 45 minutes will introduce the drivers to the design characteristics of their vehicles and cover the limitations of its on-road handling as well as the Off-Road capability. The various tyre options and drive control selection (lowrange) will be explained as this lends to a clearer understanding of what to expect when we go on track.

Vehicles fitted with a Diff-Lock will be demonstrated to ensure a lone-worker has the best chance of extracting themselves from a sticky situation or better still to avoid getting into one in the first place. This session includes the safety briefing with an emphasis on vehicle sympathy.

Course Objectives

  • To provide an opportunity to learn and practice the skills required to safely operate and extract maximum benefit from a 4x4 vehicle
  • To assist with safe On-Road driving (Snow, ice etc)
  • To comply with SHAW Act 2005 & Gen App Reg 2007.
  • To Instil confidence, with responsibility and so reduce risk

Course Content

  • Close coaching on a variety of hazards
  • Pre drive vehicle checks
  • Negotiating Hazards , Mud, Tracks
  • Appropriate pace / Tilt Angles 
  • Safe approach to steep ascents / descents
  • Concentration / Calm Attitude
  • Vehicle Sympathy
  • Action in the event of threatened roll-over
  • Feathering the throttle, feeling the steering
  • Recovery / Self-Extraction
  • Correct use of Traction Control

    Each participant will receive:
  • A detailed Drivers Report returned to the employer
  • Certificate of Course Attendance
  • Constructive feedback from trainer
  • Off Road Handout for future reference.

Course Certification

  • Each participant will receive:
  • A detailed Drivers Report returned to the employer
  • Certificate of Course Attendance Constructive
  • Feedback from trainer Off Road Handout for future reference.

Course Trainers

CPL Institute Instructors are holders of internationally recognised qualifications from either: RoSPA Advanced Instructors Diploma RSA Road Safety Authority ADI DIA Diamond Advanced Special Instructors grade NUI Certificate in Training & Continuing Education M.ILT Member Institute of Logistics & Transport RSI Rally School Ireland Advanced Control Course / Winter Driving Course DF Defence Forces AF 154 driving certificate