Drive & Recover a 4WD Vehicle

Training Information

This 4wd course is part of a nationally recognised qualification with Four Wheel Drive Queensland as the Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 5286)

RIIVEH305F Operate and maintain a 4WD

The course is competency based. There are theory sessions as well as driving sessions, which include written and practical tests. It is not designed to teach experience, which comes only after many years of actually driving in conditions that your vehicle is designed for.

The course will teach you the basic principles of Safety, Trip Preparation, Vehicle Maintenance and Servicing, along with knowledge of the fundamentals of a 4WD and the vehicles capabilities as well as basic driving techniques and recovery procedures.

Each course is broken up into theory and practical components designed to educate the most experienced member. Theory components cover many aspects of driving.  Some of these subjects include:

Vehicle types and capabilities                      

How a 4WD works

Tyre selection, inflation and use       

Pre-trip and during trip vehicle equipment and safety inspections

Environmental Awareness              

Different techniques for driving in varying terrains

The practical component consists of a full weekend where participants have the opportunity to learn and experience all of the different aspects of 4WDing in the field. Some of the topics covered on the weekend training include:

Principles of 4WDriving 

Stop stall key start recoveries

Driving up and down moderate inclines 

Driving techniques for different terrains

Approach, departure and ramp over angles         

Driving on side slopes

Driving through water                                                   

Changing a tyre in uneven terrain

Snatch strap recoveries                                                

Driving to cause minimal environmental impact

Using Convoy Procedure

The 4WD Course must be completed prior to undertaking the Advanced Course.