ATS Internal training course

ATS 4×4 Safety Awareness Training Course

This is a 1 day combined training and assessment course for up to 3 delegates depending on course content. We aim to include lots of practical time behind the wheel to consolidate safe driving skills.

Suitable for those with no prior experience or as an assessment and corrective training of existing skills.

Following detailed training needs analysis, we can develop course content to meet the specific needs of an employer i.e., driving in snow and adverse conditions, emergency vehicle tow recovery, vehicle breakdown recovery and basic 4×4 driving with wheel changing etc. 

Outline course content covering –

Briefing

  • Operator Safety and Environment, the theory of vehicle control, specific vehicle features and specialist controls, transmission and braking issues. 
  • Vehicle Handling and defensive driving.

Practical

  • Vehicle characteristics and checks.
  • Observation, ground reading, hazard awareness and route planning.
  • Starting and moving off, stopping and emergency stop, gentle ascents and descents,
  • Ascents: risk assessment of ascents, stall recovery, loss of traction recovery.
  • Descents: risk assessment of descents, traction control, braking, loss of control.
  • Ditches, ridges, ruts, mud and/or slippery surfaces.
  • Cambers, gullies and side slopes.
  • Wading *Optional
  • Towing *Optional
  • Wheel Changing *Optional
  • Driving in darkness/ poor visibility *Optional
  • Returning to the road checks.
  • Debriefing and assessment results.

BORDA TRAINING COURSES (British off road driving association)

Basic Level 4×4 Training

This course is for 2 delegates over a half day or up to 4 delegates over a full day.

This course is designed to give a basic safety awareness of the potential risks involved when using a 4×4 for driving off road. 

Suitable for drivers operating in mild ground conditions with gentle slopes, around 15 degrees and reasonable traction. The course would include the use of the 4×4 transmission systems together with general off-road driving disciplines.

Course content –

  • Operator Safety and Environment, vehicle checks, vehicle controls, specialist 4WD controls and associated systems, transmission, braking and vehicle limitations.
  • Driving- observation, risk awareness and assessment, starting, moving off and stopping, emergency stop, mild slopes and securing the vehicle.
  • Returning to the road checks.
  • Assessment, feedback and results

Standard Level 4×4 Training

This course is for 2 delegates over a full day or 3 delegates over an extended day with pre-registration from BORDA.

This is our most popular course and what we would recommend for most 4×4 drivers at work.

It offers a comprehensive safety awareness of the potential risks when using a 4×4 when driving off road in typical UK conditions including potentially slippery ground with moderate slopes of around 25 degrees.

Course content – 

  • Operator Safety and Environment, vehicle checks, vehicle controls, specialist 4WD controls and associated systems, transmission, braking and vehicle limitations.
  • Driving- observation, surface limitations, risk awareness and assessment, starting, moving off and stopping, emergency stop, mild slopes and securing the vehicle.
  • Driving up and down moderate slopes- risk assessment of ascents and descents, stall recovery, loss of traction recovery, traction control and braking.
  • Reversing – up and down moderate slopes
  • Driving- ditches, ridges and ruts
  • Driving- side slopes
  • Returning to the road checks
  • Assessment, feedback and results

 

Higher Level 4×4 Training

This course is for up to 3 delegates over a 2 day period.

This comprehensive course is for drivers who would operate in remote and varied terrain with unknown conditions who are likely to require a high degree of skill. This level confirms competence at the standard level then extends the drivers skill to cope with situations up to the vehicle capabilities.

Training on slopes above 25 degrees which prepares drivers to assess and recognise situations beyond the vehicle’s limits which must be avoided. Also includes disciplines relating specifically to operating on steeper ascents/descents loss of engine braking, self-recovery, changing wheels and driving in
darkness. Within this level of course operating with loads and trailers can also be covered.

Course content –

  • Operator Safety and Environment, vehicle checks, vehicle controls, specialist 4WD controls and associated systems, transmission, braking and vehicle limitations.
  • Driving- observation, surface limitations, risk awareness and assessment, starting, moving off and stopping, emergency stop, mild slopes and securing the vehicle.
  • Driving up and down moderate slopes- risk assessment of ascents and descents, stall recovery, loss of traction recovery, traction control and braking.
  • Reversing – up and down moderate slopes
  • Driving- ditches, ridges and ruts
  • Driving- side slopes
  • Steep ascents and decent
  • Reverse ascent and failed hill climb
  • Emergency Techniques to cover loss of engine braking and sliding
  • Self recovery 
  • Tow recovery
  • Driving in darkness
  • Returning to the road checks
  • Changing wheels *Optional
  • Operating with loads *Optional
  • Operating with a trailer *Optional
  • Assessment, feedback and results

lantra training courses

Principles of Off Road Vehicle Operating

This is a 1 day course for up to 3 delegates.

Anyone driving an off-road vehicle will benefit from our targeted courses.
You may be looking to update your skills or get on board with the latest health and safety regulations.
Perhaps you want to practise driving across challenging terrain or mastering your vehicle in difficult weather conditions.
Whatever your needs, our courses will get your off road driving skills up to speed.

The courses involve key theory and practical sessions:

  • Introduction
  • Health and safety
  • Attributes of vehicles and systems
  • Attributes of obstacles
  • Attributes of operators
  • Vehicle checks and preparation
  • Basic operating techniques
  • Vehicle recovery, safety briefing
  • Off road to on road checks.

Operating Vehicles in Off Road Adverse Conditions

This is a 2 day course for up to 3 delegates.

This is all about mastering more severe tests, including tough weather conditions. It will challenge both you and your vehicle, with a wide range of obstacles to tackle. You’ll also learn how to identify and manage risk safely

The courses involve key theory and practical sessions:

  • Introduction
  • Health and safety
  • Attributes of vehicles and systems
  • Attributes of obstacles
  • Attributes of operators
  • Vehicle checks and preparation
  • Basic operating techniques
  • Vehicle recovery, safety briefing
  • Off road to on road checks.

Employers Duty of Care

It is a legal requirement to provide adequate training in both the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

As well as covering an employer’s legal requirements many of our customers have told us they see benefits from 4×4 training for work with All Terrain Services such as:

  • Reduced accidents
  • Reduced wear and tear on vehicles
  • Reduced repair costs
  • Reduced down time
  • Greater efficiency and productivity

Professional Training for Professional users

Every employer has a responsibility to train his or her staff and driving a 4-wheel drive vehicle off road is no exception. The techniques used are very different from on road driving.

To satisfy these demands, we offer several levels of training, all carried out by highly experienced instructors accredited with the British Off Road Driving Association (BORDA) or LANTRA.

All training events are authorised under statute 1371 of the Road Traffic Act 1992.

Professional 4×4 Off Road Driver Training

Fire Services, Ambulance Services, Mines & Cave Rescue teams All Terrain Services have trained these essential services and many more. National Grid, Wales and West Utilities and UK Government are regular clients.

We train your employees to deal with everything they need to know about their vehicle i.e. adverse driving conditions, the law, and how to stay safe.

At the end of the course your drivers will be accredited, trained, safe and compliant.

We offer training with our own certificate or courses accredited by BORDA (British Off Road Driving Association) or LANTRA.