LEARN TO DRIVE A 4X4 LIKE A PRO

Getaway (South Africa) - - Travel - – TYSON JOPSON

Not head­ing into the bush these holidays, to one of South­ern Africa’s ex­cit­ing 4x4 des­ti­na­tions? Nei­ther am I, pri­mar­ily be­cause I don’t own a 4x4. But in my mind, that shouldn’t stop you from hav­ing an off-road ad­ven­ture. So I looked for a way to do that … in the mid­dle of Joburg, and found the full-day ad­vanced 4x4-driv­ing course at Land Rover Ex­pe­ri­ence Kyalami. You can pick what ve­hi­cle you want for the day (I went for the

De­fender – I still like ‘em old school) and, af­ter some in­ten­sive driv­ing the­ory, are led through a series of ob­sta­cles, mostly nat­u­ral, along the Jukskei River. Each is more chal­leng­ing than the last, and the level of de­tail and in­struc­tion I got along the way was im­pres­sive. When it comes to 4x4ing there’s a lot of mis­in­for­ma­tion out there, and through­out the day we picked this apart, test­ing our abil­i­ties to find the right lines, make the right de­ci­sions and use the full po­ten­tial of our ve­hi­cles to get through tough ter­rain that’s close to a real ad­ven­ture des­ti­na­tion. En­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tion is a big pri­or­ity too, as it should be with all 4x4ing. Many 4x4 own­ers think that hav­ing an off-road ve­hi­cle means you have a li­cence to drive over ev­ery­thing. That’s not 4x4ing. Us­ing your nut to fig­ure out a route that doesn’t dam­age the ter­rain or your ve­hi­cle is in­fin­itely more chal­leng­ing (and ego boost­ing) – now that’s 4x4ing, and it’s hella ex­cit­ing.

Did you know? Do­ing this t course can get you a dis­coun iums on your in­sur­ance prem

FROM TOP The last sec­tion of the course in­side the Jaguar Land Rover com­plex takes driv­ers along the Jukskei, where your abil­ity to plot a good route is tested; us­ing reg­u­lar ra­dio feed­back, guides such as Christo van Log­geren­berg re­lay in­for­ma­tion to driv­ers.

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