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Off Road 101 4X4 Class - Learn How to Drive Your Jeep Off Road

Off Road 101 Class at Rausch Creek Off Road Park

Off-Road 101 4X4 Class Overview

Rausch Creek Off Road Park offers classes each month for any off road enthusiast whether a beginner or avid wheeler. Off Road 101 Classes are held on weekends and are available in group sessions or 1 on 1 with an instructor. Classes are open to all types of 4X4 vehicles from stock to heavily modified. You will receive expert advice from skilled instructors who will guide you and your off road vehicle through some beginner level trails and teach you how to traverse common trail obstacles along the way. If you have a fever and the only prescription is more dirt, then you don't want to miss this class!

How to Register

To sign up for any of the Monthly Off Road 101 4X4 Classes, contact Rausch Creek Off Road Park using either of the following options. Whether contacting by phone or through the message form on their website, let the staff know that you are intersted in the Off Road 101 class and they will get you set up!

Rausch Creek Off Road Park
453 Molleystown Rd
Tremont PA 17981

Register with Rausch Creek Off Road Park for your Off Road Driving Class Today!
Phone Number (570) 233-2643 Ask for Kyle
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What to Expect from Off Road 101 4X4 Class

Off Road 101 Class will begin early A.M. and continue throughout the day with a break for lunch midday. Lunch will NOT be provided so bring something to eat and plenty of fluids to keep hydrated as driving usually isn't physically demading, however driving off road can be exhausting.

Here is what you can expect throughout the day at Rausch Creek's Off Road 101 4x4 Class...

To kick off the class, the instructor will have you and or the group converge, meet other enthusiasts and go over that day's itinerary before heading out to hit the trails!

Off Road 101 Class Fist Trail

Each participant will be given a two way radio so that the you are able to communicate while being guided to your first trail obstacle as well as throughout the rest of the day. The instructor will have you begin the first trail ride by leading the class through one of Rausch Creek's (GREEN) beginner trails.

Off Road 101 Class Fist Trail

The instructor will carefully demonstate the capabilities of each 4X4 vehicle, ensuring driver familiarization and comfort in knowing what to expect while navigating obstacles such as steep inclines, large rocks or deep water that you will encounter while training later in the day.

Off-Road 101 4X4 Class Obstacle Training

Continuing on as the day progresses, so will the level of obstacle difficulty *(Nothing will be too difficult for a stock vehicle to overcome safely). Below are a few examples of the more common obstacles you will learn about while you are taking the Off Road 101 Class.


One of the most common types of obstacles you will prepare for is "flexing" or articulating over uneven ground such as ruts, rocks...or both.

Hill Climb

After being instructed on how to manouver over uneven ground, another more common obstacle is traversing a steep grade or hill climb.


Once on top of the hill you just climbed, you will eventually need to get back down. This is yet another common obstacle, that most would assume to be easy, however getting yourself down safely does require some skill.


After becoming more comfortable with the capabilities of your off road vehicle, another more difficult obstacle is water. Knowing how to safely cross a body of water is priceless; your instructor will remove the fear factor from this obstacle by leading you from one side to the other, one by one.

Off-Road 101 4X4 Class Trail Basics

Rausch Creek's Off Road 101 Classes aren't just about navigating obstacles, they offer a wide range of technical training as well. Sure, driving off road can be a leasurely experience or it can be extremely challenging, especially when you get stuck, break something or blow out a tire. Depending on what level of 4X4 driving you are looking for, the instructors at Rausch will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to get you off the pavement to riding on the trails.

Basic Training Coverage

  • Trail Etiquette
  • Radio Communication
  • Trail System Navigation
  • 4X4 Vehicle Protection
  • Tire Pressure Regulation
  • Trail Hazard Awareness
  • Recovery and Winching
  • Emergency 4X4 Trail Maintenence

Along with Rausch Creek's Hands-On Off Road training, check out our Jeep Knowlegde Center which offers a great deal of related information, tips and how-to articles that are more Jeep specific.
Fording Water

Trail Necessities

Before you get yourself and your Jeep to Rausch Creek Off Road Park, there are some very useful products that can make your first trail experience that much better. Although these are not required for the class, a few simple purchases can make a big difference along the way. Check out what we would recommend for a biggeners first trail ride!
Quadratec Grab Handles
Our Deluxe Grab Handles provide the much needed ergonomic assistance to driver and passenger while climbing in and out of the vehicle.
Quadratec Floor Liners
Our Ultimate Floor Liners are affordably priced and are cleverly designed to feature the best Limited Lifetime Warranty in the business!
Quadratec Offroad Recovery Kit
The Quadratec Winching Accessory Kit incorporates the basic recovery gear needed when performing common winching tasks.
Tire Air Down Accessories and Tire Pressure Guages
Check tire pressures or quickly adjust pressure when you're "airing down" for some off road wheeling.
Jeep Inclinometers for Off Road Traversing
Gain off road confidence knowing your roll angle and pitch for off-camber and steep inclines/declines.
Quadratec Folding Utility Shovel
The Quadratec Folding Utility Shovel unfolds to a 23" Military Style Shovel featuring an easy grip handle.

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