civilian off road training

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1-Day Basic Off Road Training (Scroll to bottom for Winching & Recovery Course)

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2020 Dates

Hollister Hills SVRA

May 30, 2020  FULL/CLOSED

June 27, 2020 FULL/CLOSED

July 25, 2020   FULL/CLOSED

August 29, 2020

Sept 26, 2020

October 10, 2020


Ocotillo Wells SVRA

TBA 


Oceano Dunes (Pismo Beach)

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Custom Off Road Training Dates for Groups of 8 or More at any location

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This is your chance to learn off road driving from the professionals who train search & rescue personnel, firefighters, law enforcement, and the military. We are the people who train the personnel at the offroad parks in California, including Hollister Hills SVRA. Ask any park ranger, and they will know us!  In your search for training, you may find weekend instructors who offer training through an off road club or hobby business, but the instructors from The Driving Company are recognized by the State of California (POST) as experts in Off Road Vehicle Operations, and all have been through instructor development training. Our Lead Instructor, Dave Storton, holds a Master's Degree in Adult Education.  The Driving Company has a perfect safety record since we started in 2003.


 We can do off road training for you in any sort of vehicle; from a stock SUV to modified offroad vehicles. We will tailor the class to meet your off road training needs, your level of experience, and your vehicle capability. This class will pay for itself many times over, because the skills you learn will help keep you from damaging your vehicle.  


  

Many people buy a 4WD vehicle, then they think it needs thousands of dollars in modifications in order to go offroad. This is not the case! Don’t get frustrated and confused by all the trainers out there who talk about getting bigger wheels and tires, lift kits, suspension upgrades, and the like. If you bought a nice Jeep, pickup, or SUV to go on adventures you don’t need to spend even more money to take it safely off road.   We have encountered heavily modified vehicles on our fun trips whose drivers look confused about how we all got there in our stock vehicles. They spent thousands of dollars in order to drive over larger rocks to get to the same place we did. If your objective is to visit beautiful and remote places without spending more money to modify an already capable vehicle, then this is the course for you. If you already did some upgrades to your 4WD, that is ok! We can teach you how to make the most of it and drive over those bigger obstacles! We have many students who bring their new 4WD to class in order to learn how to use features like lockers, sway bar disconnects, traction control, hill descent control, and more. 


Don’t have a 4WD yet and you are undecided on what to buy? Come to class and rent one of ours! We have had many students do this, and it helped them decide what type of vehicle they wanted. Many of those students came back to do the class again in their new 4WD!


 Topics Include:​

  • Off road safety in any stock SUV, stock pickup, or modified off road vehicle​  
  • 4WD Theory​  
  • Ascending and descending steep inclines​   
  • Approach and departure angles​   
  • Proper tire pressure​  
  • Proper braking methods​   
  • Handling weight transfer​  
  • Proper vehicle configuration​  
  • Spotting techniques​   
     

Custom Courses
Course Dates Available for Groups of 8 or More​  

Prices per person.

Hollister Hills SVRA  

1-Day Basic Off Road: $320

 1-Day Recovery Course: $320 (keep scrolling for recovery course info)


Ocotillo Wells and Oceano Dunes (Pismo Beach)

1-Day Basic Off Road: $420

 1-Day Recovery Course: $420 (keep scrolling for recovery course info)


​​​4-wheel Drive vehicles available for rent:  

$100 per day per student (2 students assigned to 1 vehicle) 
(limited availability- first come, first served)​ 


 


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