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4x4_off_road4×4 Off Road Driving

Course Objectives

  • Carry out a risk assessment
  • Understand the main principles of driving off-road
  • Recognise the safe working environment for off-road vehicles on typical ground surface conditions
  • Assess the suitability of any ground/route, before attempting to drive over it
  • Prepare and perform the necessary checks to ensure the safety of a vehicle off-road and on-road
  • Safely operate a vehicle in an off-road situation with a variety of typical ground surface conditions (slopes, mud, obstacles, water)
  • Have an understanding of the dangers of vehicle recovery

Who is the course for?

Any person who is/will be required to operate a 4×4 vehicle in an off-road environment. All trainees must be able to demonstrate that they are competent in driving normal vehicles in a road situation and hold a current driving licence. An individual assessment will be carried out and those reaching the required standard will receive the nationally recognised certificate.


Lantra Awards Certificate


One or Two days depending on experience

Course Content

  • Vehicles
  • Preparation of vehicle for off-road
  • What can go wrong
  • Practical preparation of vehicles
  • Familiarisation
  • Hill use including traversing
  • Tramlining
  • Obstacles and crossing ruts, etc
  • Are you stuck? (Regaining traction)
  • ‘V’ shaped gully
  • Route planning
  • Recovery techniques
  • Off-road to on-road
  • Cadence braking and power braking
  • Water
  • Descending slippery hills
  • Avoiding ‘bellying’
  • Vehicle control
  • Assessment & Conclusion

Facilities/Equipment Required

  • 4×4 vehicle complying with safety regulations and in a well maintained state
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Overalls
  • Wellington boots
  • Wet weather clothing
  • Tyre pressure gauge
  • Operators instruction books for own machinery
  • Camera (optional)


1 day course – £295+VAT

2 day course – £390+VAT


Newlands Training Ltd have the following cancellation policy:

• 7 working days notice, full fee refund, less administration charge of £25.00

• 3-7 working days notice, 50% fee refund

• 1-3 working days notice, 25% fee refund

• Less than 1 days notice, no refund

Newlands Training

Current Status

We are now offering courses with reduced numbers and strict distancing arrangements – please make contact for course dates.

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