When we do field work later this year, we will probably be heading down some dirt tracks - which means driving a 4WD. As part of our training, we therefore get to do a course in 4WD defensive driving. It was run through Adventure 4WD, and was a really interesting and educational day!
In the afternoon, we headed to Port Gawler Beach and put the theory into practice. We swerved around cones, tried sudden braking and saw first hand the effect that increasing speed has on braking distance. The change from going 60km/h to 80km/h made a HUGE difference in how long it took the car to come to a stop.
Whilst this part of the day was heaps of fun, it was also a great opportunity to try different driving techniques in a supervised and controlled environment, so that when we eventually get out on the dirt roads we can be as safe as possible.