AURTGA001 – Drive and Manoeuvre Trailers

This Towing Safely course is a 4 to 5 hours course that meets the requirements, upon Successful completion, to receive a Statement of Attainment, for the Nationally Recognised Training course, AURTGA001 – Drive and Manoeuvre Trailers

Who would select this course?

This course has been developed and contextualised for those people who need to tow as part of their job.  This may include those who are required to operate light/heavy vehicles, plant and Marine, as part of their day-to-day duties.

Towing vehicles may include caravans, camper trailers, boats, horse floats, drilling rigs and earth moving machinery. Clients who may wish to enrol in this course (but not limited to):

  • Resource, mining, construction, communication, energy;
  • Government, Council, Military, Parks & Wildlife and
  • Tour leaders, guides.

Course Aim

Drive and Manoeuvre a Trailer has been developed to enhance your on road and off road towing skills, by covering easy to learn techniques, which is designed from extensive experience in all types of situations involving the full range of trailers.

The course addresses the general principals applied to towing including loading, coupling and uncoupling, safety checks and will ensure that your driving will suit the conditions and the terrain. It will cover emergency situations such as a tyre blow out, brake failure, swaying or mechanical failure with your trailer, coupling up and reversing safely and efficiently.

Drive and Manoeuvre a Trailer Safely offers instruction and practical demonstrations to acquire additional skills and a greater appreciation of the capabilities of your vehicle for safe and effective towing, better preparing you for towing safely.

Drive and Manoeuvre a Trailer Course Elements are as follows:

  1. Prepare for work

1.1.   Nature and scope of work requirements are identified and confirmed.

1.2.  WHS requirements, including personal safety needs, are observed throughout the work.

1.3.  Equipment and tooling are identified and checked for safe and effective operation.

1.4.  Procedures are determined to minimise task time.

  1. Perform a preliminary safety check

2.1.  Safety checks are completed without causing damage to trailer or components.

2.2.  Vehicle and coupling set-up are selected.

2.3.  Safe condition of towing vehicle is determined.

2.4.  Security of trailer load is ensured.

2.5.  Activities are carried out according to industry regulations/guidelines, WHS, environmental and legislation and enterprise policies/procedures.

  1. Connect trailer to vehicle

3.1.  Vehicle to trailer alignment is achieved.

3.2.  Techniques are used for manual handling of trailer.

3.3.  Trailer is hitched to vehicle and ancillaries are connected.

3.4.  Connections are tested and checked.

3.5.  Activities are carried out according to industry regulations/guidelines, WHS, environmental and legislation and enterprise policies/procedures.

  1. Drive and manoeuvre trailer

4.1.  Brake lockout devices are set correctly.

4.2.  Techniques are used to safely manoeuvre trailer and vehicle in forward and reverse directions and perform parking functions.

4.3.  Activities are carried out according to industry regulations/guidelines, WHS, environmental and legislation and enterprise policies/procedures.

  1. Disconnect trailer from vehicle

5.1.  Parking devices are applied.

5.2.  Techniques are used for manual handling of trailer.

5.3.  Ancillary devices are disconnected and trailer is unhitched.

5.4.  Activities are carried out according to industry regulations/guidelines, WHS, environmental and legislation and enterprise policies/procedures.

Theory sessions are delivered as follows:

  • Definitions and general rules for towing (state and territory);
  • Tow bars, load equalisers and towing equipments;
  • Speed limits and safe towing technique;
  • Towing ratio, coupling and chains;
  • Trailer Swaying (causes and rectifying swaying); and
  • Loading trailers, maintenance and safety checks.

The practical activities are as follows;

  • Practical trailer inspections, hitching and unhitching, inspecting trailer loads, seating positions, blind spots, reversing responsibilities.
  • Tow-ball, safety chains, trailer brakes, compliance.
  • On road and off road Safe Towing techniques and assessments (practical drive around).
  • Practical differences with 2WD, 4WD high, familiarise drivers with low range.
  • Practical reversing trailer techniques (straight line, turning 90 degrees, figure 8 reversing, identifying no-go, relating to jack-knifing).
  • Emergency Braking ABS, threshold, trailer braking and adjusting trailer brake bias. (controlling trailer both on road and off road).

The day consists of a variety of road and traffic conditions designed to cover all areas of trailer use in off road and on road situations.

Make Specific Course: Australian 4WD & Advanced Driver Education are specialists in designing, developing and conducting “make-specific” courses.  Our “make-specific” courses not only covers all mandatory training elements for the Drive and Manoeuvre a Trailer,  but the course is contextualised to ensure they meet the specific requirements of the company employers and contractors.

Additional course information.

Course Timings

The course start time is at 07:45 and concluding at approximately 1pm.

A4ADE Practical Training Area

A4ADE exclusive Driver Training Facilities at Kurwongbah and Kogan offers terrain which is similar to the terrain that people would be required to Drive and Manoeuvre a Trailer in their everyday driving as part of their job.

A4ADE Training Areas:  A4ADE have exclusive Driver Training Facilities at Kurwongbah, North of Brisbane and Kogan, between Dalby and Chinchilla.

For group bookings additional training areas to those listed above include Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mt Isa, Moranbah, Roma, Toowoomba, however not limited to these areas.

Corporate/Group Booking Training Areas:  A4ADE are able to plan, develop and deliver specific course programs for groups or corporate, on request.

On-Site Training: Australian 4WD & Advanced Driver Education specialise in the design and implementation of client specific and site specific driver training and education. Training can be delivered for groups on any site, for group bookings.  All courses are portable allowing staff to be trained in locations familiar to their day-to-day use of 4WD, trailers and other light vehicles and can be delivered to ensure minimal disruption to shift routine.

What course participants will require to undertake the course:

  • USI (Unique Student Identifier)
  • Your 4WD Vehicle with trailer (one vehicle and trailer can be used for up to 2 participants from the same organisation);
  • should you not have access to a 4WD vehicle and/or trailer, A4ADE can hire these items for a fee, as listed below;
  • bring your trailer fully loaded; and
  • Your vehicle will need at least half a tank of fuel.
  • Driving license (that will be required for checking prior to course commencement).
  • Appropriate clothing – this should be compliant with your companies policy however at a minimum must comprise of long sleeved shirt, long pants, closed shoes with good soles and hat.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Pad and pen.
  • Morning tea and a light lunch with plenty of drinking water in summer months.

Vehicle hire:  A4ADE do have 4WD vehicles and/or trailer available for use, if required.  The cost of these vehicles includes, vehicle hire for completion of the course, fuel, recovery equipment (where required) and cleaning and is as follows:

  • Vehicle – 1 day course $135.00 per person per day.
  • Trailer – 1 day course $80.00 per person per day for a 8 x 5 box trailer, with 100lt water tank.

Note: The cost above is a per person cost.  Each vehicle may be shared by two participants.  If you wish to have exclusive use of a vehicle, then this can be arranged and would be at a cost of $200.00 per vehicle per day.

Trailer Hire: The hire cost of A4ADE 8 x 4 box trailer is $80.00 per trailer.



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