DRIVING IN THE WILDERNESS THE GLEN EDMUND WAY
By the time we got to the day for the final road test practical exam at kasarani stadium half the guys were still asking how you get the lorry started, as usually we were quite crowded and had to be brushed off haste-fully only three guys apparently failed the rest of us were certified drivers that was back in 2008 but I believed much hasn't changed.
As a tour operator driver guide get to spend most of my time out in the bush where I have had so many bad experiences which are inevitable to every driver regardless of where you're driving. We have all been subjected to driving situations that were not catered for in the standard driving test. These situations dictate the future experience and the vulnerability of us the drivers, their passengers and the safety of fellow road users.
|Learn to navigate from such predicaments|
I enrolled and the first order of business was to complete 4WD E-Learning course learning the theory of safe and correct use of a 4WD vehicle in all types of off road environments which,being a good driver means doing the basics well all the time and this theory part is really essential, you complete at your own pace one I was done with the final exam it automatically generated the completion certificate I was know eligible for the practical session check it out http://elearning.glenedmunds.com
You can either go for the field practical sessions with their vehicles or come with your own, for me I preferred what am used to and went with a land cruiser arrived at their offices and the kind of reception I got made me think of becoming a politician in the next life, after a while everything was in check my martial instructor Amos got in and off we headed out to the 4WD training center where I went through vigorous training components which gave me a clear understanding of the correct and safe use of the four wheel drive vehicle in all types of Off Road environments which included; Ascent and Descents with 3 gradients of different difficulty, water obstacles, cross Axel section, Ridges and Ditches, Long track cotton soil and rocky slopes, winch points, instant braking on high speed (my second favorite) but what crowned my experience was the steep Ascent and descents.
|Off Road training that makes a difference|
If there's one thing that am know really looking forward to is being behind the wheel in the next Rhino Charge, I have watched and admired the skills that the drivers portray. That's definitely top on my bucket list.
|The marshals can train you from anywhere in Africa|