We are delighted to announce that in addition to our LANTRA and bespoke driver training Training Expertise also has plans afoot to offer BORDA accredited off road driver training. So we wanted to share an account of a very successful pilot.
I turned up in Tangley ready to have my off-road driving experience pulled apart, cobwebs blown out and bad habits erased by way of the BORDA (British Off Road Driving Association) Standard course.
The trainer David, started the off road driver training with a short classroom session in a lovely open barn conversion. We discussed the scope of BORDA, and some theory. We covered the different types of 4×4 vehicle and how differential locks work. Then we headed out into the 12 acre off-road site. We practiced and ran through many scenarios, looking at the best ways of attacking slopes, ditches and descents.
I was in my element and David adapted the training to allow for my inquisitive nature into the theory and to push my skills. 45 degree ascents with slippery chalk half way up, driving across 30 degree side slopes and how to recover control if the vehicle begins to tip, the challenge of driving along the length of 2 parallel telegraph poles keeping the wheels on them at all times, a real tight rope act!
With an aspiration to develop to be a driver training instructor in future I spent the final half an hour in the other shoes, training David, who took on the role of a student…if only he’d stop looping his thumbs through the steering wheel!
The day was progressive and exciting with real progress felt through the day; the cobwebs cleared and the bad habits became refined techniques again.