RACQ Motoring

4WD Driver Training Courses


Driving off road in four wheel drives is much different than driving on normal roads. The Drive Assist team has developed programs and partnered with specialist service providers to provide a number of different courses to assist new 4WD enthusiasts, more advanced drivers and businesses adapt from city driving to managing off road environments.

Urban to Outback

RACQ Driver Education - Urban to Outback
    Suitable for
Businesses

If your fleet drivers are required to drive in a variety of environments, from city traffic to unsealed regional roads, our Urban to Outback course can address your driver safety training requirements.

Participants are introduced to strategies to reduce their risk of being involved in road incidents in all environments, with a focus on preventive measures.

Employees receive tuition on how to meet the challenges that driving on unsealed roads can present and the correct operating procedures for 4WD vehicles. A detailed written report is provided for each participant.

Aim

This program is designed to address the techniques and strategies required to drive a variety of vehicles in diverse environments, in a safe and responsible manner.

Objectives

  • improve understanding of the Australian road-crash statistics and associated costs
  • to evaluate and update knowledge of the current road rules and how to apply them
  • to identify common driving faults through instructor and self assessment and how to correct them
  • acquire knowledge necessary to safely drive in urban and outback environments
  • acquire knowledge for fundamental 4WD operation perform basic safety checks
  • manage fatigue safely and responsibly responsibly share the road with other road users

Content

The Urban to Outback course combines valuable in-class theory to help participants identify high-risk driving practices with comprehensive on-road evaluation and coaching.

Theory

  • appreciation of crash statistics and associated costs
  • crash statistics - where crashes occur
  • comprehensive road rules questionnaire and knowledge update
  • the human factor - why crashes occur, including the effects of fatigue, medicines, alcohol and drugs etc
  • speed - its effect on braking distance and vehicle control on a variety of surfaces
  • safe driving techniques - how to minimise crash risks
  • attitude (good and bad) - how it effects an individual’s driving ability
  • responsibilities imposed by workplace health and safety legislation

Practical

  • correct set-up (mirrors, seats etc) and shutdown procedures
  • space management principles
  • observation techniques and strategies
  • practical on road hazard perception and risk awareness
  • correct selection of 4WD functions
  • braking techniques

RACQ 4WD 1 Program

    Suitable for
Businesses

If your employees are required to operate four wheel drive vehicles in your field of business, this course will provide participants with a range of skills from controlling a 4WD vehicle off road through to recovering a vehicle safely.

Specifically address risk concerns and workplace health and safety requirements within your workplace, increasing the safety of your employees while driving vehicles for work.

These programs can be delivered on-site in your own work environment and location. We can assist with both the risk analysis of your fleet operations and to fine-tune your policies and procedures, for maximum safety. A detailed written report is provided for each participant.

Aim

This program is designed to address the techniques and strategies required to drive a 4WD vehicle in a variety of on road and off road situations, in a safe and responsible manner.
Objectives

Objectives

  • improve understanding of 4WD systems and safe operating methods
  • to identify common driving faults through instructor and self assessment and how to correct them
  • acquire knowledge for fundamental 4WD vehicle operation
  • perform basic vehicle safety checks
  • manage fatigue safely and responsibly
  • responsibly share all road areas with other road users
  • nationally recognised course accreditation – RIIVEH305A Operate & Maintain a 4WD Vehicle

Content

The content of the 4WD 1 program contains both theory and practical components, which are developed to address the unique requirements of your organisation.

Theory

  • detailed instruction in organisational policy and procedures
  • 4WD drive train components
  • capabilities of 4WD vehicles
  • management of fatigue
  • correct operation and maintenance of company vehicles
  • responsibly sharing the road with other road users

Practical

  • correct selection and operation of 4WD functions
  • on road hazard perception and risk awareness
  • braking techniques
  • perform vehicle safety checks
  • correct vehicle set-up (mirrors, seats etc) and shutdown procedures
  • safe driving strategies
  • safe vehicle manouvering
  • basic vehicle recovery
  • operate a 4WD vehicle on a variety of road situations
  • ascent and descent control

Duration

1 day

RACQ 4WD 2 Program

    Suitable for
Businesses

If your employees are required to operate four wheel drive vehicles in your field of business, this course will provide participants with a range of skills from controlling a 4WD vehicle off road through to recovering a vehicle safely.

When driving off-road or on-site, there can be numerous unexpected risks and potential dangers. This course will enable participants to recognise potential hazards and drive more safely and confidently.

Upon successful completion, each participant will be provided with a detailed report and nationally recognised course accreditation.

Aim

To increase employee’s knowledge relating to the operation of 4WD vehicles in various field situations and improve driver’s safety abilities.

Objectives

  • acquire key skills and knowledge to operate a 4WD vehicle safely in the field
  • apply techniques to recover a vehicle and understand the potential risks involved
  • perform basic vehicle safety inspections
  • improve road and off-road driving techniques and habits
  • manage fatigue safely and responsibly
  • nationally recognised course accreditation – PMASUP236B Operate Vehicles in the Field

Content

The content of the 4WD 2 program contains both theory and practical components which are developed to address the unique requirements of your organisation.

Theory

  • detailed instruction in organisational policy and procedures
  • securing loads in the vehicle using correct equipment
  • 4WD drive train components
  • deciphering topographical maps and acquiring relevant journey information
  • fatigue management
  • legal requirements for towing and recognising various
    coupling types
  • crash statistics – where and how incidents occur
  • recognise and utilise specific equipment within the vehicle
  • the human factor – why crashes occur, including the effects of fatigue, medicines, alcohol and drugs etc
  • speed - its effect on braking distance and vehicle control on a variety of surfaces
  • safe driving techniques – how to minimise crash risks
  • attitude (good and bad) – how it effects an individual’s driving ability
  • responsibilities imposed by workplace health and safety legislation

Practical

  • tyre changing procedures
  • hitching and unhitching a trailer
  • boost starting a vehicle
  • perform vehicle safety checks
  • undertaking a vehicle recovery safely
  • 4WD gear mode selection
  • operate and manoeuvre a 4WD vehicle on a variety of road surfaces and recognise methods to minimise risk
  • wheel placement/footprinting
  • ascent and descent control
  • application of 4WD capabilities
  • safe driving strategies

Duration

2 days

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