I was informed there are areas in Australia where access is restricted to only 4WD drivers who have nationally recognised driver certification. Well even if this is not true I believe there is significant benefit in participating in an accredited 4WD training course.
Following a considerable amount of research looking for a quality course I chose Great Divide Tours – 4WD Training and Tours with Vic. However, I left my booking a bit late so I was unable to attend a scheduled group training course. Luckily, Vic had an open weekend during late January so I attended a one on one instructional course. While the cost was a little more, the trade-off was I exclusively had his expertise for two days’ instruction.
While I already have many years of experience driving 4WD off-road especially on beach and rough mountain terrain it was without doubt two days well spent. Vic was extremely informative and provided clear and precise instruction on handling my D-Max in a variety of off road conditions. The course was a good balance of practical and theoretical tuition. Vic’s Braidwood property is a purpose built 4WD training centre including a range of track and features to challenge and train any 4WD enthusiast.
Some of the activities and instruction in the two days included:
- Advanced wheel placement
- Advanced water/mud driving
- Stall start forward & reverse recovery
- Extremely steep incline and decline driving
- How to cross deep washouts
- Night driving techniques
- Hands on use of snatch straps/winches (electric or manual) and other advanced recovery techniques
- Instruction on tyre repairs and tyre changing
- Instruction on bush welding techniques
Overall, I have come away with a nationally accredited 4WD certificate but more importantly my confidence and knowledge to handle all the challenges off-road driving has to offer. Most importantly I have a better understanding of the limitations of myself as a driver and my vehicle. I was lucky to have my very my good friend Brendan to accompany me for the weekend. We had a very enjoyable and informative two days with Vic and his good friend Wayne.