OVERLAND

Vehicle based trips are becoming more popular overland. These expeditions can range from a short half day drive, self drive safari holidays to a 12 month major overseas adventure. Regardless of length, they all involve an element of preparation. Let us help you fully prepare with a bespoke course and you can be sure the challenges which initially seem daunting will become part of any eventful day on the road after you’ve received the best training.

Preparation

You need the right level of preparation that suits you. Make sure it gives enough confidence in a venture that’ll deliver unexpected challenges. We do not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach, rather the course will be tailored specifically for you and your requirements.

Experience

Here at True Grip, based on our collective years of experience and knowledge. We have crafted a fully comprehensive overland training programme that will completely prepare you for all aspects of vehicle dependent expeditions. The modules that we offer can be cherry picked based on

Overland courses range from one to three days depending on the intensity of your aims. This way your time with us will be cost-effective, relevant and will give you adequate planning and knowledge.

INVEST IN YOUR PREPARATION SO YOU SUCCESSFULLY OVERLAND WHEN IT COUNTS

Our tried and tested overland training course is based on years of real life experience and will fully prepare you for your next adventure

£250

for one driver per day
(all courses are exclusive 1:1 with your instructor)

£50

for each additional attendee per day

EACH DAY CAN COVER AREAS OF TRAINING THAT YOU NEED

Talk to us on 01233 662251 to discuss your expedition

ONE DAY

Our most popular course focuses on plenty of hands on basic off road driving and overland preparation.

TWO DAY

Progress onto advanced off road driving techniques and learn simple modes of vehicle recovery.

BESPOKE

Together we can create a bespoke course for you to learn and practise exactly what you need.

AREAS OUR TRAINING CAN COVER

  • OFF ROAD DRIVING

    Vehicle checks, driving skills, 4WD systems, low and high range gears, differential locks, terrain risk assessment and negotiation.

  • RECOVERY

    Safe modes of vehicle recovery using rope, winch, hi-lift jack as well as improvised techniques.

  • FIELD REPAIR

    Basic vehicle maintenance and repair covering tires, brakes, radiators, axles and much more.

  • PLANNING

    We can cover all aspects of expedition logistics including destination, route, timings, record keeping, passports, visas, border crossings, vehicle shipping, costs and insurance.

  • VEHICLE PREPARATION

    Emphasis on vehicle choice, modifications, equipment, spares, tools, fuel, security and safe loading.

  • NAVIGATION AND COMMUNICATION

    Correct use of compass, map reading and GPS systems, radios and satellite phones.

  • MEDICAL

    Advice on suggested vaccinations prior to travel as well as wilderness first aid that is essential in remote areas.

  • CULTURAL ISSUES

    Cultural and ethical considerations, notably camp etiquette, driving around wild animals and best conduct with local people.

YOUR BEST ASSET IN THE FIELD IS A PROPERLY USED 4×4 – TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR DRIVING

You will have enormous fun and you will be challenged. We guarantee you’ll leave having acquired a wealth of knowledge

Over-landing

Getting off a tarmac road and onto a dirt track is a large part of 4×4 overlanding. Here, driving becomes more engaging and so requires more attention but can also be very enjoyable. It is not about tackling terrifying obstacles. Instead learn how to get the most from your vehicle in light of these issues, how it behaves off road and how far you can go in certain conditions.

Our Instructors

Our instructors have extensive real-world experience, having led and driven in numerous overland trips themselves. They have lived true overlanding. They are passionate about sharing the skills they have picked up along the way. These include military expeditions all over the world, 4×4 manufacturer expeditions and independent travelling. Our collective knowledge and enthusiasm allows us to provide the highest quality and enjoyable courses.

WE HAVE TRAINED PEOPLE THAT HAVE TRAVELLED TO:

BOTSWANA

NAMIBIA

MOZAMBIQUE

MONGOL RALLY

KENYA

KYRGYZSTAN

RUST TO ROME RALLY

BOLIVIA

SOUTH AFRICA

PERU

CHILE

ICELAND

GUATEMALA

COSTA RICA

ZIMBABWE

CLIENT FEEDBACK

My wife and I are about to emigrate to Southern Africa as Voluntary Development Workers and negotiating off road conditions in our own 4×4 will be part of life. Guy put together a whole day of training for us, tailored to what we will be doing, including some theory, knowing the vehicle and then lots and lots of off-roading. His knowledge and patience is legendary. My wife’s favourite part was going through the Marjorie tracks in the woods, down very steep declines and climbing seemingly impossible hills. She did this giggling with glee the whole time. A truly heart and practical day out and we would highly recommend it to anyone considering buying an off-roader, or those who need it for work, but mostly for anyone who just wants to have some FUN!!

RevkdjTripadvisor TripAdvisor

I had an all-day session with Guy to prepare for some off-road driving I will be doing in the Kyrgyzstan mountains later this month. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend True Grip to anyone for off-road training or experience. Guy tailored the instruction to my particular needs and was patient and thorough with me. I found myself confidently driving up and down slopes that I thought would not have been possible in any vehicle even with a professional driver. It really was a fantastic day, and now I feel completely ready to do head off up the mountain tracks. Thank you True Grip!

PatriciaTripAdvisor

My husband and I recently took a full day overland course with Guy and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Guy was an excellent and friendly host – encouraging us to stop and think through the obstacles in front of us and possible outcomes before tackling them. The driving experience was fantastic and great fun. It’s amazing what a Hilux can do!!

LizzieTripAdvisor

We are about to embark on a notoriously difficult off road trek, called the Canning Stock Route in Western Australia. We will be travelling with 2 other vehicles who unlike us are experienced. As we want to be of some help on the trip we booked a days training with Guy at TruGrip in Ashford . We had an absolutely brilliant day. We learnt sooo much about the technicalities of 4 wheel driving and got lots of hands on experience of driving on terrain that before my visit to TruGrip I would have thought impossible. Guy’s style of teaching was excellent , this was a brilliant day. Guy asked us at the end of the day whether we had found the TruGrip experience beneficial , beneficial indeed but essential would be a more accurate description.We loved it !

VickyTripadvisor TripAdvisor

I did the half day experience which really helped me to understand how the car worked and what it could do. I learnt really useful skills in controlling the car in different surfaces and in thinking ahead and assessing the road.

LouiseTripadvisor TripAdvisor