We provide on-site 4 x 4 driving programmes designed not only for developing off-road driving skills but that also provides a good appreciation of all technical aspects of the different types of 4 x 4 vehicles. The programme provides sympathetic operation of vehicles, a thorough understanding and utilization of equipment related to the vehicle.
The following are the outcomes you can expect from this training:
- Vehicle sympathy is encouraged through understanding of vehicle systems, the capabilities and limitations of how the vehicle works mechanically. The criteria applied when selecting a vehicle for a specific application, capabilities including permanent 4WD, part-time 4WD, low range, axle differential locks, free-wheeling hubs. Power sources and options. An understanding of the braking system, the location and use of all controls on the vehicle.
- Minimizing breakdowns, incidents due to failure of components, reducing accident costs and maintenance costs. Fuel, oil levels, water levels for off-road requirements. Use of lights when operating a vehicle off-road, Tyres and tyre pressure. Tools required to repair and maintin vehicles for off-road conditions. Recovery equipment, health and safety equipment, purpose limitations, advantages and disadvantages, safety features.
- Driving sympathetically particularly on uneven roads and obstacles. The chassis and body type constructions, load carrier- springs, shock absorbers - dampling, axle and spring characteristics.
- Using drivertrain correctly avoiding mechanical wear and damage to these expensive components. The use of the cluch for various conditions. The function of manual and automatic gearboxes, the function of the propshaft, the axles and driveshaft. Manual and automatic locking hubs.
- Maintaining vehicle control, avoiding skidding and accidents due to loss of control. Positive and confident driving style. Driving according to manufacturer's instructions. Handling off-road obstables and off-road route selection. Engaging part-time and permanent 4WD in various operating conditions. High and low range drives. Axle and differential locks. A thorough evaluation of obstacles and negotiating obstacles that may include ascents, descents, rocks and rough terrain, water, mud, river crossings, sand driving, ditches and dongas, veld conditions, grass and cambers, stall starts.