Are you considering booking an off road driving experience? Have you already booked and you’re wondering what you might need to do to get ready for your day? Are you imagining yourself flying off of huge mounds and wheel spinning out of deep water? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to tell you all about why an off road 4×4 driving experience day is one of the most exhilarating around.

So, you’ve certainly got your work cut out for you. It’s time to hone every driving skill you have and learn to do it like the pros. Find yourself an activity centre with an incredible off road course and you’re good to go. Look for one with lots of space and a variety of different terrains, you want somewhere that has both regularly encountered environments as well as areas that are more challenging.

Off road 4×4 driving experience

An off road 4×4 driving experience will give you all the adrenalin pumping trials like ascent and descent control, traction optimisation, deep water negotiation, skid avoidance and cross axle issues. However good a driver you think you are, you will be tested during this thrilling driving activity. It will give you the perfect chance to improve and learn new and complex skills.

There’s no limit to how frequently you can return to the off road driving course, so if you want to you can become a master driver! Our bet is that once just won’t be enough and you’ll need to keep going back for more. If you are a 4×4 owner, then many driving courses will allow you to bring your own car – in fact we think they probably prefer it since then the car repairs are not on them! Bringing your own vehicle makes this a really affordable, exciting day out with prices as low as $50 for a full day of driving!

Buying a 4×4 car

If you’re considering buying a 4×4 car, then it’s no small consideration. A brand new Land Rover Discovery will set you back around $55,000! And even if you go for a good second hand car from a reputable dealer, you’ll be lucky to find anything for less than $7,000. So price wise, it’s a big commitment – what better way to test drive these vehicles and see what they can really do than an off road 4×4 driving experience day!

Whether you’ve got aspirations of being the next big racing star, or you simply want to try your hand behind the wheel of these almighty vehicles, an off road driving day is one you’ll never forget. The roar of the engine, the smell of burning rubber, the adrenaline pumping around your body – you’re in for a real treat.

So, now we have you convinced, the next thing to do is get and booked and get excited. You ought to check driver requirements before you go ahead. Many activity centres will have restrictions on the age, weight, height of the people they allow to drive and you may also need to have held your license for a certain number of years.

Once you get there you’ll be in the hands of fully qualified and experienced professionals who will ensure you enjoy your day – but until then, you might find these tips useful . . .

1. Clothing

Choose clothes and shoes that you’re going to be comfortable in all day. Many driving ranges will offer you specialist protective clothing, but you’ll still need to be comfortable underneath and we suggest you go in something that you don’t mind ruining too – it gets muddy out there. Shoes should obviously be flat – sneakers are ideal.

2. Rest

Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before your experience day. You want to be functioning at your best when you’re in control of a vehicle with these capabilities! Definitely no alcohol the night before and get yourself to bed nice and early with a chamomile tea – save your excitement for tomorrow.

3. Fuel

On the day of your experience, eat a good and hearty breakfast – you don’t’ want hunger pangs spoiling your day. You’ll get a pit stop around mid-morning, but you want to be sufficiently fuelled until then. Unless food is provided by your venue, make sure you pack plenty of nutritious food and drink – this is high energy work! Don’t overeat at lunch or you might end up feeling lethargic and spoiling your afternoon.

4. What to pack

Most centres will want to see your driving license so be sure to bring it with you. And you will definitely want to remember this day forever so don’t forget your camera!

Have fun out there!