This course is designed to improve the off-road driving skills at any experience level. The student will learn about the different terrain surfaces, how to read and change driving techniques based on vehicle language. They will learn and understand approach and departure angles, determine suspension variables and the importance of planning prior to negotiating an obstacle. Upon completion the student will realize the importance of “slow as possible, fast as necessary”. Emphasis is placed on the mission based getting from point A to point B principle.
Students will learn to identify components both underneath and in the engine compartment of a vehicle and what needs to be protected.
Students will learn and understanding the driver/vehicle relationship. Vehicle language, weight and traction transfer, body position, hand management and pedal control
Students will learn the challenges of high and low frequency bumps and the problems each can create as well as vehicle control on gravel, top soil, grass, hard packed clay and shale rock at elevated speeds.
Students will learn the challenges of smoothly negotiating a variety of obstacles such as rocks, stumps, ditches, dry creek beds, logs, ruts, hills, mud and top soil. Students will learn how to use brake/throttle traction management and momentum to maneuver on, around and over obstacles.
Students will learn how to build a road with available materials in order to overcome an obstacle as well as the necessity and techniques of using a ground guide.
Students will learn how to employ all the necessary pieces of equipment to recover a downed or stuck vehicle. This task is learned in a single and multi-vehicle fashion. Some of the items used consist of recovery straps, tow straps, shackles, chains and high-lift jacks.