We provide the best 4x4 off-road
and security driving courses
available on the market today!

  • We teach collision / incident avoidance through awareness and planning.
  • Our techniques are easy to learn, retain and apply.
  • We only teach what works.

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About Our Training

Our proven-effective 4wd training programmes are highly applicable to anyone who needs to correctly /safely handle the conditions and risks.

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Training Instructors

The OnCourse team are highly skilled professionals who incorporate their years of knowledge and experience into every aspect of each student's training.

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Training Methods

By reinforcing the importance of the proactive mindset, our 4wd /security driver training stresses avoidance through awareness and planning.

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Driver Training Facility

The 4wd facility has been designed to mirror hazards /obstacles in a compendious method, optimising practice time and ensuring effective confidence building.


Mick Farmer's Blog (latest updates)

Failed Hill Climb Recovery – 200 Series Land Cruiser (November, 2014)

At OnCourse we teach a failed hill climb recovery technique that requires the driver to do a "key start" (this only relates to manual / stick shift vehicles). Over the years of instruction this technique is the only one we have confidence in. For instance, whilst doing training in DRC we had to use a route that included a very severe climb.

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Not All Winch Anchors are Equal (October, 2014)

The first winch anchor (aka ground anchor) we bought was dubbed “extreme”. It came from a UK supplier. It was a bit of a monster to carry around but it did sort of work for a while. It was always getting bent out of shape and needed constant straightening. It finally gave up the ghost when […]

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Free Wheeling Hubs – Automatic Type (October, 2014)

Found on some Nissans and Suzukis. If we look back at the Auto / Lock hubs these hubs are just Auto. Key Points. To engage, you have to STOP, engage 4wd in transfer box, with either with the lever or pushing a button, whichever option you have, and when you drive off they go to […]

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Nasty HF Antenna Fitting (October, 2014)

First, the mounting has destroyed the approach angle and increases the chance of damaging the antenna.  Why do organisations insist on putting the HF radio antenna on the front? Second, the antenna mounting has affected the winch capacity and the bull-bar hides the winch drum.  Therefore, there is no way to monitor what’s going on […]

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Free Wheeling Hubs – ‘Lock or Auto’ Type (October, 2014)

Usually found on Nissan Patrols. This type of front hub gives you the option of LOCK or having it in AUTO. Key Points. If run in AUTO, the hubs run free. To engage, you have to STOP, engage 4wd in the transfer box and as you drive off they go into the lock position. Once […]

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What’s This Button Do? (October, 2014)

Electronic FW “Hub Lock” Button. Some Landcruisers come with electronic free wheeling hubs. Don’t ask me why because I don’t know. They have got to be one of the stupidest things I have ever seen on a 4wd vehicle. Inside the hub, where you get ingress of muddy water, is a small electric motor that […]

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Web Updates (older)

OnCourse Training Facility Upgrade (July 2009)
We recently went through some major maintenance to our High Range training track and skills area.
More than Just Rubber (Jan 2007)
I was inspired to revisit this subject by a "late night" conversation with friends who had just fitted cross ply tyres to their vehicles without realising it.
Observations on Fleet Operation in Harsh and Hostile Environments (November 2009)
By the nature of their work humanitarian agencies are more than likely to be working in insecure and remote areas with limited resources to safely operate their fleets. However, in my experience, the majority of these agencies do not put into place correct systems and procedures for maintenance and safe operation of their vehicles to counter this.
Photos from Chimp Challenge 2009 (April 2010)
A few photos from the 2009 Chimp Challenge.