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Why Australian 4WD Training?


Since 2001 Australian 4WD has been a Registered Training Organisation with the Queensland Government. In 2004 the structure under which such Organisations were recognised was altered to reflect increased emphasis on the quality of training and the credibility of assessment across the national training system. Australian 4WD Driver Training is now recognised under this new structure, known as the Australian Quality Framework (and monitored by the Training and Employment Recognition Council (Queensland)) and are listed as a currently Registered Training Organisation on the National Training Information Service web site at www.ntis.gov.au.

Australian 4WD Training compliance with these Government standards is your assurance that the quality of training we deliver is of the highest standard and that participants are undertaking a credible and viable course. Courses are competency based and therefore provide increased flexibility in their delivery thus catering to participants with various levels of prior skills.

Trainer Qualifications
Australian 4WDs' Trainers are required to have completed a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and up dated their qualifications to TAA40104nCertificate IV in Training and Assessment. This ensure that our trainers have a high level of competence in the subject matter together with the skills required to provide a quality training environment. All Trainers undertake Australian 4WD' in-depth Train-the-Trainer Program that also further develops their skills drawn from "real-life" experience. We are always keen to improve our personnal knowledge by conducting advanced driver events for dealerships, which in turn, we learn about their vehicles.

OurTrainers are very familiar with and incorporate the Standards of Operations, Policies and Procedures for operating light vehicles on sites, as follows

Land transportation of Oil & Gas Producers

SANTOS, BG, Epic Energy Origin - Operate Light Vehicle in the Field,

BMA, Anglo Coal and Rio Tinto – Operate Light vehicle on open cut mine sites, and

Many communications and constructions company’s SOP

We have also provided advise on company's SOPs, Workplace Health, safety & the environment or assist in developing their SOPs for light vehicles.

For most of us, finding out about how to use a product is just part of the many challenges in life.  Sometimes we are able to work it out for ourselves and sometimes we are either not able or have not got the time to spend learning ourselfs.  But when you, your family or work colleague life is put at risk, is it really worth it?

What is Defensive Driving?  Driving to save lives, time and money in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others, in short “Driving with full alertness”.

Its aim is to reduce the risk by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others.

In regards to Risk Management, to operate a vehicle on or off road is classified as an extreme risk.

    • On average, four to five people are killed every day in vehicle crash.
    • On average, over 220 people are hospitalised, every day
    • Almost 60% of work-related deaths in Australia involve vehicles.
    • Research indicates that around 25% of all crashes (between 4 - 500 fatal collisions per year) involve a vehicle being driven for work purposes.
    • at least 20% of all our company / fleet vehicles will be involved in a vehicle collision during this year”. Source: JMJ Fleet Management
  • Up to 50% of our fleet cars were involved in accidents in the past financial year”. Source: Lumley General Insurance

The monetary cost of road crashes is an estimated $15 billion annually. 

Money can be replaced ~ lives cannot.

Australian 4WD & Advanced Driver Training has design a Drive Safely Training  Program, that incorporates Low Risk Defensive Driving and Fatigue Management. Our Low Risk Defensive Driving program combines the need for knowledge and understanding of road rules, with correct driving technique and an insight in to how emotions and feelings can affect our driving behaviour.

Operating a 4WD Vehicle
Driving a 4WD vehicle to most is yet another challenge.  To drive a 4WD or off road capable vehicle efficiently requires skill and in order to develop such skill there are techniques that need to be practised.  The use of incorrect techniques develops into poor skills and improper practices.  Poor driving habits in either a two-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle can unknowingly increase your maintenance costs considerably, but in the case of the 4WD, the repercussions can be expensive, and at most - life threatening.

To drive a vehicle off road requires a set of entirely different skills to those required to drive on road.  Ideally, to travel off road reliably, the vehicle that is most effective is a four-wheel drive with a low range gear in the transfer case.   This enables the vehicle to be driven at a very slow pace allowing for the suspension and tyres to cope with the varying conditions.

Today greater emphasis is placed on the ‘duty of care’ that the driver of a motor vehicle, whether two- wheel drive or four wheel drive, must acknowledge, be it in a domestic situation, in the workplace or in recreational activities.  Passing your driving test to get your license demonstrates that you have an appreciation of the road rules and that you are able to operate the vehicle for which the license is to be issued.  However when it comes to operating a 4WD vehicle in off  road and often varied environs ,a different type of Course is required to teach you how to handle most potential off road hazards.

Below are just five driving hazards that as a driver we are not equipped for just because we hold a Driver’s License –

Vehicle ~ Tyres (condition, type, blow/out/puncture), Load (incorrect distribution), Speed, Mechanical (vehicle inspections) 

Road ~ Dry Roads, Wet Roads, Graded/gravel Roads, Gradients (ascents, descents, cambers)

Traffic ~ Volume, (size, speed, direction) 

Light ~ Day, Night, Dusk/Sunrise 

Weather ~ Dry, Wet, Wind

For this reason undertaking a post License Driver Training Course is the next step to take.  The Course will cover much of the above and those that undertake such courses clearly demonstrate that they are taking a responsible approach to the privilege of holding a Drivers License.

Post License Driver Training is being undertaken regularly and timely by many Government Departments and in Industry generally today by the operators of all types of motor vehicles as their genuine commitment to safe work practices.

Motorists who drive a 4WD vehicle are operating a vehicle that is anywhere between 500-1500kg heavier, wider and much larger in size, with a higher centre of gravity, than a two -wheel drive vehicle.  A post-license course for the 4WD owner will provide a better appreciation of the vehicle’s capabilities as well as the drivers own.  It will develop an understanding of driver responsibility and Bush Defensive Driving techniques.  It will encourage you to drive in such a way as to prevent being involved in an accident regardless of the action of others or adverse driving conditions.  Too often, vehicles (and people) are damaged due to inexperience or lack of appreciation of potential hazards.

A well planned post-license Training Course in off road defensive driving techniques will explain the reasoning behind the techniques and methods taught, and should include –

  • Drivers’ Responsibilities
  • Obstacle awareness ( recognition and negotiation)
  • Wheelprinting (being able to judge where the tyres need to go to maintain traction and then being able to place the tyres where you want - both front axle and rear axle       
  • Recovery Techniques
  • Hill ascent and descent
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Trip preparation 
  • Journey Management Plan

An Off Road (Bush) Defensive Driver Training Course will allow you to progress through a series of obstacles that will gradually build your range and level of off road driving skills.  This will offer you experience in a variety of difficult conditions under instruction without endangering you, your vehicle or the environment.  Undertaking such a responsible approach to owning a 4WD will save off road travellers hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over future years of travel.

At Australian 4WD Driver Training areas, ‘off road’ Courses are conducted regularly.  The Course undertaken has been designed and written by Australian 4WD (the first such course to be written and registered in Queensland) to meet the needs of the fast growing 4WD Industry.  The Course is Nationally Accredited and complies with every aspect of environmental issues together with Workplace, Health and Safety requirements.  The Course is available to all facets of the Community. It provides a common sense approach to off road driving enabling the 4WD operator the opportunity to build confidence in his/her own ability, and that of their vehicle. 

The refinement of our Training Procedures and the success of the Course content has encouraged Australian 4WD Driver Training to expand across Queensland to Centres in –

  • Brisbane South (Kooralbyn)
  • Brisbane North  (Dayboro)
  • Gold Coast
  • Rockhampton
  • Mackay
  • Townsville
  • Cairns
  • Roma
  • NSW

All in all, undertaking an Off Road (4WD) Defensive Driver Training Course is an investment in your future.  Your vehicle will last longer; the driver will have less stress to deal with during the performance of his duties ; and the damage rate and down time rate will be considerably reduced.   And saving the cost of just one tyre being damaged has paid for the Driving Course?