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|The Requirement for Offroad Driving Skills
4x4 off road driving requires additional and specialised skills that are not utilised or acquired in either everyday urban or long distance driving. It's therefore important to learn and to develop these off road driving techniques and practise them if you are to venture off road. To this end, a brief summary of basic off road driving tips
is available here. Furthermore, in-depth articles are being written to deal with recovery techniques
, descending hills
, driving through mud
, sand, driving ruts
, crawling over rocks
, wading through water, crossing side slopes
, ascending steep inclines
, crossing ditches and gullies
, night driving and winching.
Whether you already have your own 4x4 or not, you can enjoy a UK offroad driving experience to suit your own abilities at an offroad centre somewhere near you. Visit
for details. 4x4 driving experiences are offered in a variety of vehicles and from basic to advanced drivers.
Offroad Driving Centres
4x4 driving is most effectively and conveniently mastered at a
centre or school which has specialised 4x4 instructors on hand
to teach, encourage and advise you. The map on this website helps
you to locate 4x4 driving centres
nearest to you which can help give you the experience you need.
Once you have developed these vital 4x4 driving skills, an off
road centre can still be of service to you. You can enjoy fun
4x4 activities and experiences, with friends or family, and practise driving your 4x4
vehicle confidently and safely though challenging situations. You will find a range of offroad activities and experiences listed by county.
The Importance of Safety Off Road
The ability to drive safely is crucially important to both your
own physical health and to the mechanical welfare of off road
vehicles. This is nowhere more relevant than when negotiating
challenging terrain in your 4x4.
Problems and break-downs can happen so 4x4 insurance is important and a legal requirement.
Road Vehicle Recovery Techniques
Offroad driving centres and schools are also the ideal place to
learn how to recover a 4x4 out of trouble, both safely and efficiently,
should the need ever arise. There are a variety of 4x4
recovery skills which are useful in the event of either
yourself or another vehicle becoming stuck, submerged, bogged
or mechanically disabled. Use of the winch offroad particularly
requires both skill and knowledge if potentially serious accidents
are to be avoided to yourself and/or the 4x4 vehicle you are attempting
It is becoming increasingly popular to venture further afield
and to experience offroad driving in environments not found here
in the UK. Our list of 4x4 offroad driving
centres gives you access to training events that will enable
you to better tackle the terrain you and your 4x4 may encounter
in a variety of overseas situations . There is no better preparation
for a serious overseas expedition than to have experienced instructors
make critical and constructive observations of both your off road
driving skills and your vehicle.
The FUN Element
Above all else, 4x4 driving is FUN. It's a great day out for yourself,
friends and relatives. Many offroad activity and experience centres can tailor events specifically for the needs of your 4x4 club,
company employees or for your own special occasion.