hands-on safety clinic

Cal4Wheel President’s Message

Suzy Johnson, Editor In-Gear Magazine

Esprit de Four 4WD Safety Clinic

Clinic FAQ

Set in beautiful Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreational Area
(Map to park), this course is primarily tailored to introduce those with
little- or no-experience to off-road driving safety and trip planning. Those with more experience will
come away with the knowledge that there is more to four wheeling than simply shifting into 4WD. Students
will get a better feel for what they and their vehicle are capable of while driving in the various
types of terrain found in our forests and wild lands. Our Hands-On Safety Clinic consists of: classroom
instruction, two guided trail tours, and one-on-one guidance through several exercises. Virtually all
four wheel drive vehicles (trucks and sport utility vehicles) and all levels of driver-skill are welcome
(and have been through our clinic). Students must provide their own lunch but on Saturday, for a
reasonable price, students will have the opportunity to enjoy a BBQ dinner and talk with the
instructors and club members after Saturday’s class.


Classroom instruction consists of a narrated slide presentation: Topics such as back roads
driving etiquette, how to avoid dangerous situations, and getting your vehicle unstuck are
discussed. Students are encouraged to ask questions and participate in classroom discussions. A
demonstration related to vehicle recovery basics is also provided.

Trails rated as "easy" to "moderately-difficult" are driven in the
park where you will be able to put your newly acquired off-road driving skills to use. Students and their
vehicles will be divided into groups and guided by instructors along well marked routes. CB radios are
helpful in communicating directly with the trail guides as well as other students.

One-on-one instruction will be provided to guide you and your vehicle through Tire Placement,
Stair Steps, Frame Twister, Hill Climb, and Off-camber exercises. While students are encouraged
to drive through all of the obstacles in order to get the most from this hands-on clinic, full
participation is never mandatory.

Tire Placement Stair Steps Frame Twister
Hill Climb Off Camber Saturday BBQ Dinner

Esprit de Four conducts four safety clinics per year: two during the Spring and two during the
Fall. Each clinic is approximately eight hours long and is held on a Saturday or Sunday at
Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreational
in Hollister Hills, California.


To register for the Safety Clinic download a form below:
Safety Clinics for 2017 include:

Contact us via e-mail for more information regarding tuition, class dates, and directions.

The Esprit de Four Safety Clinic flier and registration form is available in
Adobe Acrobat PDF format, viewable with
a free Acrobat Reader

Maps to Hollister Hills


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