Off-Road Driver Training to Unit Standard 254135

Learn the art of four-wheel driving

Have you recently bought a 4×4 vehicle? Are you going on a trip or wanting your partner to learn the basics of off-road driving? Learn the art of off-road driving at the Four Wheel Drive Club’s Driver Training courses. The course is also extended to youngsters who are just starting out on their driving careers.

One of the reasons you bought a 4×4 was to enable the whole family to venture out to the many isolated and exciting destinations around South Africa and our neighbouring countries. The aim of the training course is thus to ensure that the whole family is trained to understand the complexities of off-road driving as well as its dangers.

Our new off-road driving experience is a fully participative and informative day for the whole family. From learning about your individual vehicle to the basics of off-road driving, to the planning of an overland trip, our enthusiastic and highly-qualified team of instructors will ensure that you will complete the course and drive away with confidence and skill.

The course includes, but is not limited to:

  • Understanding the dynamics of a 4×4 vehicle
  • Understanding the uniqueness of your own vehicle – all those buttons for “traction control”, “hill descent”, “diff locks”, etc, what do they mean and what are their functions?
  • How the suspension operates and its limitations when travelling over rough terrain.
  • Understanding the importance of tyre pressures and their influence on driving on different types of roads and tracks and other obstacles that you may encounter on an overland trip.
  • How to drive on a steep slope, including reversing
  • Driving in different terrain, from sand to mud to rocks
  • How to proceed safely through deep water and mud
  • Basic safety and recovery as well as the equipment needed. A large selection of safety and recovery equipment and their different uses will be on display

Our Instructors

Our instructors have had many years of off-roading and overland traveling experience and will be on hand to offer advice on vehicle and camping equipment, so bring all your questions along.

The course will commence at 08h00 and finish at around 16h30. Please bring your own refreshments, sun hats and sunblock.

All participants are welcome to camp over at Base 4 at no extra cost.

Please note: Participants need to provide their own registered and roadworthy four-wheel-drive vehicle for this experience. If you are unsure about the suitability of your vehicle, please contact us to discuss this. This training is suitable for licensed drivers of all driving abilities.

Course Duration and Venue

The course is run on a Saturday from 08h00 to 16h30 and is suitable only for 4×4 vehicles with low-range gearing. Classroom theory is followed by practical ascent/descent, stall starts and cross-axle training at our Base 4 training facility. This is followed by a drive around the Base 4 property, experiencing a variety of different obstacles under the guidance of experienced instructors. Overnight camping is available at no charge


As a rule, the courses are held on the last Saturday of each month. Check the driver training dates here.


The fees below are for driver training and include all lectures, practical training, reference materials, tea and coffee throughout the course. Candidates are to supply their own meals.

R600 per vehicle and R50 per person driving
Spouses or significant others attending with the driver – free of charge
Children over 18, companions or friends attending with the driver – free of charge


Download and complete the Driver Training Booking Form and E-mail it to or


Please make payment directly into the club’s bank account and include your surname, initials and DT as the reference.

Bank – First National Bank
Branch Code – 250655
Account name – Four Wheel Drive Club of SA
Account number – 58810022334
Reference – Surname, initials and DT

All bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis and no-one may participate on the course without full payment having been received in advance.

What to bring with you

Refreshments for the day including your lunch
Enough bottled water for a hot day
First aid kit
Recovery equipment (if you have any)
Tyre pressure gauge
Fire extinguisher/s
Alcoholic beverages (if you wish) for after the course.

Preparing your Vehicle

Fill fuel tank and check fluid levels
Remove drop plates
Remove bicycle racks
Remove all loose objects
Remove side steps/rails if possible


All courses begin at 08h00 sharp and finish at 16h30 – 17h00


The driver training course is held at the club’s property, Base 4, near Hennops River. To see a map of how to get to Base 4, click here.

For more information please contact Geoff Joubert at or Karl on 082-813-7274.