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4x4 Off-Road Driver Training
An accredited Lantra Awards Training Provider, we provide 4x4 off-road driver training to the highest standards to suit people of all abilities and experience, and for all purposes. The Lantra Awards Off Road Vehicle Operating (4x4) qualification is nationally recognised, recommended by the HSE, and a requirement within many companies and industries.
We can also help if you need training in more extreme off-road driving.
Our instructors trained Charlie Boorman and the production crew of The Long Way Down, the televised off-road adventure with Ewan MacGregor back in 2007, and have since prepared many other drivers for their own challenging overland expeditions in Africa and Australia.
Who benefits from professional off-road training?
- Anyone who uses a 4x4 vehicle off-road as part of their work duties, and must therefore comply with Health & Safety legislation as well as understand how to use their vehicle to best advantage.
- Recreational 4x4 drivers who want to increase their understanding, skill, safety and enjoyment of using their vehicle off-road; especially if considering their first overland trip.
How current legislation affects your business
- In addition to the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (concise details of which can be found on the Advanced Driver Training page), the PUWER legislation (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) stipulates that equipment provided for use at work must only be used by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training on that equipment.
- Motor vehicles are specifically included in PUWER.
- PUWER legislation applies both to employers and the self-employed.
- If you are an employer or self-employed person, and you provide equipment for use at work, or if you have control of the use of equipment, then the Regulations will apply to you.
- Failure to comply with PUWER is likely to result in action being taken by the Health & Safety Executive (often together with the police) in the event of a serious accident.
Off-road driving course options
Lantra Awards Off Road Vehicle Operating (4x4)
1 or 2 days
2 drivers per course is recommended if they have no prior off-road experience. Lantra courses are suitable for everyone who has cause to drive off-road as part of their work duties, or otherwise wants to become properly qualified in off-road driving.
These courses provide delegates with the necessary skills to drive off-road in a way that looks after the people in the vehicle, the vehicle itself and the ground driven on. Lantra changed the course and qualification structure in 2017, enabling us to provide the most suitable level of training and assessment to drivers and companies whatever their requirement.
There are now 2 levels of training, assessment and qualification available, each with a combination of theory and practical training:
1. Principles of off road vehicle operating
- Recognising and understanding the various types of 4x4 drivetrain; their capabilities and limitations
- Recognising and understanding the limitations of various tyre designs
- Preparation of vehicle for driving off-road
- Assessing the ground about to be driven on
- How, when and why to use transfer gearboxes and differential locks
- How, when and why to use other traction aids as fitted to candidates’ vehicles, i.e. locking hubs, air suspension, traction control, or detachable anti-roll bars
- Weight distribution, weight transfer and their effects on grip
- Correct use of gears, clutch, throttle, brakes & steering
- Transmission wind-up
- Avoiding damage to the vehicle, and the terrain
- Basic principles of off road driving
- Safe procedures (and what can otherwise go wrong)
- Decision making & route planning
- Tackling gentle to modest obstacles
- Negotiating ruts
- Rejoining the highway
This 1-day course is appropriate for those who only need to drive on gentle terrain, such as established tracks and fairly level fields. The assessment and qualification restricts drivers to such modest terrain only.
2. Operating vehicles in off road adverse conditions
Covering all the above, plus:
- Safe operation on rough terrain and steep slopes
- Crossing deep ruts, ridges, ditches and articulations
- Negotiating significant mud, including maintaining and regaining traction
- Climbing and descending hills
- Failed hill climb recovery techniques (following lack of power, or lack of grip)
- Optimising ground clearance and route selection; and understanding vehicle design limitations caused by approach, departure and ramp break-over angles
- Traversing side slopes
- Negotiating water, sand, mud, ice and snow
- Assisted recovery techniques (theory)
This 2-day course equips drivers for the full range of off road hazards and terrain that can be safely negotiated in an unmodified 4x4 vehicle, making it ideal for anyone that may need to venture off road away from established, firm tracks; or even using established dirt tracks in wet and slippery conditions.
Assessment & Qualification
Both courses conclude with a thorough assessment of each candidate’s ability to safely judge off-road terrain and maintain full control of the vehicle in a variety of situations, to the appropriate course level. Successful completion results in a Lantra Awards certificate and Skills Card; with presentation of the Skills Card often being required by major companies before allowing contractors to drive on site.
Refresher training is recommended within 3 - 5 years.
4x4 Professional Competence
This is a simplified option to the Lantra Awards courses above, and is suitable for company drivers and contractors who use 4x4 vehicles on moderate terrain.
The driving principles are the same as for our Lantra Awards courses, to equip participants with the skills to remain safe whilst also avoiding damage to vehicles or the ground driven on.
Following an initial theory session to introduce the basics of safe off-road driving, emphasis is on practical skills and covers many of the same techniques as the Lantra Awards Off Road Vehicle Operating (4x4) courses above; albeit in a compressed fashion.
Being our own course, we are able to tailor the training content to your exact requirements for utmost relevance.
Courses culminate in a practical assessment of each driver, supported by a written appraisal. Successful participants receive a certificate of competence, valid for 3 years, plus detailed Course Notes to support the training.
Our home site is situated near Newmarket in Cambridgeshire, but we also run all 4x4 training course options throughout the UK and internationally, either selecting a venue with terrain that is most relevant to your needs or using your own project site(s) as appropriate.
- 1-Day Lantra Awards Off Road Vehicle Operating (4x4) Courses cost from £230.00 + VAT per driver
- 2-Day Lantra Awards Off Road Vehicle Operating (4x4) Courses cost from £360.00 + VAT per driver
- 1-Day 4x4 Professional Competence Courses cost from £240.00 + VAT per driver