4×4 Training

Off-road and 4×4 driver training courses for professional operators are an essential part of the health and safety provision within companies.

Whether your drivers are work deep in the countryside, or simply need to be aware of the limitations and capabilities of the vehicles provided for on-road winter and adverse weather use, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations apply.

Whether you need a short familiarisation course to ensure that your drivers understand the technology in a new vehicle, on-road 4×4 use training and assessments, full on and off-road training, or would like to equip your instructors and assessors with the knowledge required to cover 4×4 vehicles, please get in touch.

Familiarisation courses can be run with up to ten candidates over half a day, including presentation, vehicle checks and technology familiarisation. A short 90 minute driver assessment and remedial session can be bolted on to provide individual reporting on each candidate over 3 days.

Full on/off-road training can be run for up to 3 candidates over two days, to include Lantra 4×4 certification, as well as an on-road assessment and full reporting.

Instructor training can be carried out for in-house trainers, and will be tailored to the requirements of the candidates, with durations ranging from 1-5 days depending upon your needs and prior experience/qualifications.

***Covid Update***

Training is currently available, though with some changed provision. Both on and off-road we are restricting training to one candidate per vehicle. Extended duration is sometimes necessary due to cleaning requirements.

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4×4 Training Course Presentation and Materials

This is the presentation and materials written for the 1 day 4×4 Familiarisation course and was the first one to be approved by Lantra for previously untrained operators, and intentionally focussed on the higher risk road use of 4x4s during winter and adverse weather driving.

This course was always run with on-road practical driving content, with particular attention paid to planning and the use of space and time. The driving standards on road and, where applicable, off-road, were assessed with clear criteria that candidates were expected to meet – if you would like copies of these, please get in touch.

These resources are not intended to replace effective training with a qualified and experienced instructor – contact me if you’re looking to run training and I’ll be more than happy to recommend a suitable trainer.

The course has since been updated, but I thought that it would be worth publishing this version so that people could see the detail and success criteria which should be involved in even a simple one day course:

4×4 Familiarisation and Adverse Weather – Powerpoint presentation (pdf format)

ABS film – to be used with powerpoint

Traction Control Film – to be used with powerpoint

Stability Control Film – to be used with powerpoint

4×4 familiarisation course handout – candidate handout

Safe Working Practices for 4×4 training – to be read in conjunction with RA1 below

RA 1 4×4 On and Off-Road Driving Courses– 4×4 training course (and operation) risk assessment.

4×4 Checklist – familiarisation checklist

4×4 Familiarisation Question Paper – final assessment question paper

If you have any queries about how to use these, or if you are a qualified ADI and 4×4 instructor who would like copies of the resources to use, please get in touch.

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