civilian off road training

Civilian Off Road Training with

The Driving Company. 

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Civilian Off Road course information


1-Day Basic Off Road Training- Scroll to Bottom for Video!


  • June 1, 2019 CLASS FULL /  CLOSED
  • July 13, 2019 CLASS FULL / CLOSED 
  • August 17, 2019 CLASS FULL / CLOSED
  • Sept 28, 2019 CLASS FULL / CLOSED
  •  Nov 2, 2019   FULL / CLOSED


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.
1-Day Basic Off Road: $320

1-Day Recovery Course: $320

​​​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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1-day Civilian Basic Recovery Offroad Course

  • June 2, 2019
  • August 18, 2019 - FULL/CLOSED


Learn off road recovery techniques from the professional instructors who train search and rescue personnel, park rangers, firefighters, and the military.


  • Types of equipment and weight ratings to meet your needs:
  • Recovery straps and ropes Snatch Blocks
  • Screw Pin Shackles 
  • Soft Shackles 
  • Chains
  • Land Anchor

Winch Operation:

  • Safe Winch Operation
  • Winching Accessories
  • Team Work with Winches
  • Self Recovery

Problem Solving:

  • Mechanical Advantage
  • Direction Changes
  • Multi-line Pulls
  • Calculating Required Pull Force
  • Calculating Anchor Required Force

Use of Recovery Straps and Ropes

  • Proper set up
  • Communication Between Drivers
  • Actual dynamic recovery participation

Realistic Scenario The class will culminate in a realistic offroad scenario where you will be presented with a realistic recovery problem.  You will decide what equipment is needed, you will calculate the required pull force required, you will rig the recovery, and you will execute the recovery, all under the guidance of our expert instructors. 
The Driving Company will provide all necessary gear for use in this course.  At the end of the course, you will have all the information you need to decide what gear you want to buy for yourself.  Unless you already have gear, do not buy anything new until AFTER you have attended this course. This way, you will know exactly what to buy. 

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

Prices per person. 1-Day Basic Off Road: $320

We schedule these recovery classes on a day following one of our 1-day Basic Off Road Training classes so you can make a weekend of it!

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