Deepdale Off Road
Smartgill Farm,
Bowes Road,
Barnard Castle
DL12 9RB
Tel:01833 630802

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Every employer has a duty of care to train their staff and driving a 4x4 vehicle off road or using a quad bike is no exception.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER’98) states
Self propelled equipment, including any attachments or towed equipment, should
only be driven by workers who have been trained to drive it safely.”

To cover these training needs we offer two types of event both authorised under Statute 1371 of the Road traffic act 1992 (Off Road Regulations). The training is carried out by a fully trained instructor accredited to the British Off Road Driving
association (BORDA). Deepdale Off Road provides training to many oganisations including National Park Authorities, Fell Rescue Teams, Utility Companies and St. John’s Ambulance.


This is for the occasional user and can be targeted at the individual needs of the trainees and their particular working environment.

Training takes place using Deepdale’s Defender/quad bike, or your own 4x4 can be used if you wish. The day follows BORDA’s basic introduction codes of practice and covers the safe use of a vehicle driving off road.

Topics covered included:
  • Daily vehicle checks
  • How 4x4 transmissions operate
  • Tyre limitations
  • Route planning
The site at Deepdale is designed to allow the trainee to build skills as the event progresses learning the ability to assess terrain as the day evolves.
At the end of the day the trainee will have an understanding of the principles required to drive off road safely.

Trainees receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the day.

This is also targeted towards the occasional user and covers techniques used in basic introduction in greater depth.

More time is spent on health and safety issues and the ability to assess terrain.
Constant driver assessment takes place throughout the day which ends with a formal assessed drive.

Successful trainees will be awarded a nationally accredited certificate.

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