Did you come to the NT for your new job? And find yourself behind the wheel of a 4WD for the first time? You are not alone! James Gorrie Director of Train Safe NT knows how you feel. “I arrived in the Territory nearly 20 years ago. I was literally thrown the keys to the 4WD and given the name of the remote community I had to drive to”, James remembers. For many people who service remote locations, 4WDs are the natural vehicle of choice. The rough road conditions in the Territory call for a vehicle that is reliable on bitumen, dirt, sand and the tricky water crossing. Lucky times have changed since James first started out 20 years ago.
Employers now know how important it is to have their staff trained to handle a 4WD. “At the end of the day it is about confidence” James explains, “some students start out a bit nervous. But they soon get the hang of it and enjoy the challenge, especially when on sand or a water crossing”. James explains that it is good if people learn in their own vehicle. “It also helps to build the driver’s confidence and it is good if they get to know their own 4WD”.
Even if you are an experienced driver there are always new skills to learn or old ones to brush up on. James explains, “We focus on planning for the journey and vehicle control, especially in emergency braking and handling situations.” “We talk about risks and how to avoid them like rollovers, speed, driver fatigue and hitting an animal.” James adds, “With some things like speed it’s obvious, don’t”. James also tells us that in the event of one such situation the training also covers how to manage the event. “It’s about being prepared and being able to make good choices”. James smiles, “Bottom line, we all have a good time, it’s a fun day away from the office for everyone.” See our 4X4 courses