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The thrill of taking part in tank driving days

Did you know that there is a way you can drive a tank as a part of a tank driving day experience? Well, good news all you have to do is take a look at a company like https://www.armourgeddon.co.uk/tank-driving-experience.html and you can be on your way to driving a FV432 tank.

Here are a few facts about the tank you will get to experience:

  • The FV432 is based on the 430 series of British tanks. First introduced in the 1960s they are the most common vehicle used to transport infantry across a battlefield or difficult terrain areas. There are about 1,500 of these still is use today.
  • Around 3,000 of these tanks were originally produced by GKN Sankey during 1962 and 1971.
  • The tank weighs around 15 tonnes and is 5.25 metres in length and can reach around 32 mph. The capacity of the tank is for two crew members and around 10 troop individuals.
Now you know a bit about the type of tank you get to drive let’s take a look at what you can expect from a typical driving day experience:
  • The minimum age for most instruction days is 16 years of age and it is not necessary to have a driving licence.
  • It is compulsory for all types of tank driving activities that you attend a safety briefing where you are usually give a specialist suit and helmet to where and briefed on what to expect from the day.
  • Spectators are allowed at some venues as are additional passengers. Although the driving experience is usually restricted to one individual at a time.
  • Once inside the vehicle an instructor will drive you around the course and talk you through any special considerations. At the end of this tour of the course the instructor will brief you on how to control the vehicle, will fit you with a head set so you can hear the instructor clearly and off you go.
  • On most courses you will find that you are given a number of laps around the course controlling the tank yourself. The first of these laps is usually completed with the hatch of the vehicle open and you navigating in full view, a second lap immerses you in a full tank driving experience (minus the enemy attack) by closing the hatch and requiring you to navigate the tank through the periscope or equivalent area.
There is nothing left for you to do now other than to book your tank driving adventure!
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