Driving Training

Classroom and Practical Training for Beginner to Advanced Driving Techniques

Constellis Driving training courses are designed to provide classroom and practical training on observational skills and driving techniques used by military, law enforcement and protective security professionals. These immersive courses deep dive into driving techniques and car control at various speeds and conditions. Students will learn to use observation, planning, and vehicle-handling skills to respond effectively to any hazardous situation that might arise during highway driving.

Driving training days have minimum classroom instruction with the primary focus being in-vehicle practical application using provided training vehicles.

Driving Course Capabilities

We offer a full range of training modules at our facilities across the United States and internationally via our mobile training program. Our capabilities include developing customized training curriculum to cover your unique needs.

Constellis Driving training programs include:

Instructors

Constellis instructors are chosen for their expertise, professional attitude and passion for the industry. Their re-world experience brings unique qualifications to our tactical training curriculum. Our trainers come from a variety of military and law enforcement agencies.  

Plan Ahead

All course participants are required to provide identification. Additional credentials and permits may also be necessary. Please see the Legal Requirements for a full list.

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Driving Courses

Advanced Highway Safety (AHS)

Our Advanced Highway Safety course is designed to improve car control skills focusing on developing an understanding of what car control is all about. We start with determining current skills and understanding on an individual basis then focus on evolving skill development through drills. Students will learn preparation skills and how to take proper corrective action during a highway emergency at highway speeds.

Topics

  • Driver Focus & Sensory Input Control
  • Instinctive Response –driver reactions
  • Proper Body Position
  • Weight Transfer – accelerate, decelerate and turn
  • Tire Patch – acceleration, deceleration and turning
  • Tire Inflation
  • ABS vs Non-ABS Braking
  • Braking Techniques ABS & Non-ABS
  • Skid Control
  • Off Road Recovery

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

None.

High Center Gravity 

The High Center Gravity course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the differences in control between a sedan platform vehicle and a high center of gravity platform vehicle. We start with determining current skills and understanding on an individual basis then focus on evolving skill development through drills. Students will learn preparation skills and how to take proper corrective action during a highway emergency at highway speeds.

Topics

  • Driver Focus & Sensory Input Control
  • Instinctive Response –driver reactions
  • Proper Body Position
  • Weight Transfer – accelerate, decelerate and turn
  • Tire Patch – acceleration, deceleration and turning
  • Tire Inflation
  • ABS vs Non-ABS Braking
  • Braking Techniques ABS & Non-ABS
  • Skid Control
  • Off Road Recovery

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

None.

Motorcade Operations (Domestic)

Motorcade Operations develops communication skills, formation and application, escape and evasive maneuvers. Students work through a series of drills with live traffic that develop the survival skills necessary to successfully protect a customer.

Topics

  • Driver Focus & Sensory Input Control
  • Instinctive Response –driver reactions
  • Proper Body Position
  • Weight Transfer – accelerate, decelerate and turn
  • Tire Patch – acceleration, deceleration and turning
  • Tire Inflation
  • ABS vs Non-ABS Braking
  • Braking Techniques ABS & Non-ABS
  • Skid Control
  • Off Road Recovery
  • Understanding of Motor Cade Operation and the components involved.
  • Driver Responsibilities and emergency maneuvers
  • Individual agent positions and responsibilities
  • Motorcade movement techniques
  • Concept of Movement
  • Route Selection and Analysis 
  • Density
  • Speed
  • Method of movement
  • Motorcade control
  • Signal Security
  • Physical Security

  • Preparing Vehicles For Motorcade

  • Final Preparation

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

None.

Manual Transmission

Our Manual Transmission course will direct students to properly operate a vehicle platform equipped with a manual transmission, emphasizing car control through skill development drills. Students will learn proper corrective action during a highway emergency at highways speeds.

Topics

  • Understanding of how manual transmission works
  • Proper shifting techniques
  • Managing the clutch
  • Smooth upshifting and downshifting

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

None.

Vehicle Commandeering

Vehicle Commandeering is a practical training course for military and law enforcement personnel on how to quickly acquire a vehicle and use it to exit a hostile environment. The hands-on training encompasses several types of vehicles, using and modifying various tools, defeating security systems and devices, starting the vehicle, and exiting the hostile environment.

Topics

  • Vehicle Selection
  • Means of access into identified vehicle
  • Defeating vehicle mechanical anti-theft systems (Ignition Switch, Steering wheel lock)
  • Hot-wiring a vehicle

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

Military or other vetted agency

Off-Road and Unimproved Road 

The Off-Road and Unimproved Road course is designed improved driving skills necessary to operate a vehicle on various types of off-road conditions and circumstances. Curriculum includes four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle mechanics as well as the differences between different types of drive train configurations. This hands-on course covers all types of recovery methods and tools necessary to get a vehicle unstuck and moving again. Terrain includes dirt, mud, sand, rocks and hills, log and water crossing.

Topics

  • Components of a four wheel drive vehicle
  • Principles of off-road driving
  • Principles of off-road recovery
  • Understanding Ground Clearance and Tire Traction
  • Approach and Departure Angle
  • Use of Momentum and Traction
  • Understanding different driving environments – Mud, Sand, Rock and Snow
  • Vehicle Recovery Methods
  • Vehicle Preparation
  • Vehicle Preservation

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

None.

Law Enforcement Driving Course (LEDC): Advanced Car Control and Counter Ambush 

Our Law Enforcement Advanced Car Control and Counter Ambush Driving course provides officers with a thorough understanding of vehicle dynamics in multiple vehicle platforms, on various traction environments, and at both highway and pursuit speeds. Law Enforcement students learn tactical maneuvers used during vehicle pursuits and how to counter ambush attacks. This course concludes with multiple high intensity scenarios that often require full metal-to-metal contact.

Topics

  • Eye placement and focusing under stress
  • Steering wheel management techniques
  • Braking methods
  • High Center of Gravity vehicles (SUVs) – includes use of a Rollover Simulator
  • Instinctive response under stress
  • Managing stress and adrenaline
  • P.I.T. Maneuvers
  • Driver Down drills for two-man units
  • Backing at speed
  • Breaching barricades
  • Utilizing the vehicle as a primary weapon and articulating Use of Deadly Force
  • Attack recognition and counter ambush principles
  • Immediate action / counter ambush drills
  • Mock pursuit and ambush scenarios
  • High speed driving under stress
  • Managing adrenaline to maintain good judgment
  • Countering the drive-by threat

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

This class is for sworn Law Enforcement Officers only.

Counterterrorism 

The Counterterrorism course is designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to evade an attack situation utilizing both offensive and defensive driving skills. A series of drills starts with improving car control skills and moves to evasive actions, barricade breaching, backing, Y turn, J turn, PIT, driver down and countering the drive-by threat. This course includes different vehicle configurations, single car, and motorcade or convoy movements dependent upon customer needs. Other topics include check point operation and route selection and analysis. This course culminates with real-world scenario drills.

Topics

  • Eye placement and focusing under stress
  • Steering wheel management techniques
  • Braking methods
  • High Center of Gravity vehicles (SUVs) – includes use of a Rollover Simulator
  • Instinctive response under stress
  • Managing stress and adrenaline
  • P.I.T. Maneuvers
  • Driver Down drills for two-man units
  • Backing at speed
  • Breaching barricades
  • Utilizing the vehicle as a primary weapon and articulating Use of Deadly Force
  • Attack recognition and counter ambush principles
  • Immediate action / counter ambush drills
  • Mock pursuit and ambush scenarios
  • High speed driving under stress
  • Managing adrenaline to maintain good judgment
  • Countering the drive-by threat

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

This course is for military or other vetted agencies only.

Field Expedient Repairs 

This hands-on Field Expedient Repairs course teaches common vehicle break-down situations and how to make a quick fix with limited resources to get you up and moving again.

Topics

  • General knowledge of vehicles lubrication, cooling, drivetrain systems
  • Re-inflation/beading of tire
  • Expedient/emergent repairs to cooling system
  • Expedient/emergent repairs to brake system
  • Expedient/emergent repairs to intake system
  • Broken axle/log skid
  • Welding with automotive batteries

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

This course is for military or other vetted agencies only.

Checkpoint and Convoy Operations (Enhanced) 

The Checkpoint and Convoy Operations course is designed to provide in depth knowledge, understanding and practical application of negotiating check points, and route selection and analysis. Exercises are conducted with different vehicle configurations consistent with customer needs. Course includes mock attack scenarios.

Topics

  • Concept of Movement
  • Routes
  • Density
  • Speed
  • Method of movement
  • Convoy control
  • Signal Security
  • Physical Security
  • Preparing Vehicles For Convoy
  • Final Preparation
  • OPSEC
  • Counter Ambush Tactics
  • P.I.T. Maneuvers
  • Breaching Road Block
  • Tactical Convoy Considerations
  • Driver down drills
  • Attack recognition and counter ambush principles
  • Immediate action / counter ambush drills
  • Mock pursuit and ambush scenarios
  • High speed driving under stress
  • Managing adrenaline to maintain good judgment
  • Countering the drive-by threat

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

This course is for military  only.

Checkpoint and Motor Cade Operations (Enhanced) 

The Checkpoint and Motor Cade Operations provides an in depth understanding and practical application in order to provide a safe environment while transporting the Principal to his or her destination. A combination of lecture and practical exercise is designed to provide proficiency in movements, responsibilities and emergency maneuvers. Course includes mock attack scenarios.

Topics

  • Understanding of Motor Cade Operation and the components involved.
  • Driver Responsibilities and emergency maneuvers
  • Individual agent positions and responsibilities
  • Motorcade movement techniques
  • Concept of Movement
  • Route Selection and Analysis 
  • Density
  • Speed
  • Method of movement
  • Motorcade control
  • Signal Security
  • Physical Security
  • Preparing Vehicles For Motorcade
  • Final Preparation
  • OPSEC
  • Counter Ambush Tactics
  • P.I.T. Maneuvers
  • Breaching Road Block
  • Tactical Convoy Considerations
  • Driver down drills
  • Attack recognition and counter ambush principles
  • Immediate action / counter ambush drills
  • Mock pursuit and ambush scenarios
  • High speed driving under stress
  • Managing adrenaline to maintain good judgment
  • Countering the drive-by threat

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

This course is for sworn law enforcement, military or other vetted agencies only.

Driving during darkness with Night Vision Devices 

Driving during darkness with NVG covers the nomenclature and operations of NVG devices. Practical exercises are conducted in various vehicle configurations dependent on client needs. The exercises can be for familiarization or can be designed for development of in depth operation and precision skills. Courses can include, low light, white light and NVG driving instruction with application.

Topics

  • NVG nomenclature
  • Dos and Do-nots in use and preservation of equipment
  • Proper mounting of NVG and how to use

Gear

None.

Prerequisites

This course is for sworn law enforcement, military or other vetted agencies only.