SISODRV302A – Drive and recover a 4wd Vehicle and SISODRV404A – Drive a 4WD vehicle in difficult terrain.

We do not sit in a lecture room for hours discussing four wheel driving we deliver a practical hands-on course, proving the driver the opportunity to leaner and practice new skills.

This 1 day course meets the requirements, upon successful completion, to receive a Statement of Attainment, for the Nationally Recognised Training courses SISODRV302A– Drive and Recover a 4WD Vehicle and SISODRV404A – Drive a 4WD vehicle in difficult terrain.

Note: The SISODRV302A is the prerequisite for the SISODRV405A: Coordinate Recovery of 4WD Vehicles.

This course covers both competencies above and provides the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to use appropriate range, gears and techniques to drive a four wheel drive vehicle through and over different terrain and apply basic vehicle recovery techniques.  The SISODRV302 & 404A are delivered together by A4ADE to enable course participants to build their confidence, skill, knowledge and competency by operating a 4WD in a broad range of challenging terrain.

The aim of this course program is to familiarise drivers of the key features, capabilities and limitations of their off road capable vehicle whilst developing a clear understanding of the correct and safe use of a 4WD vehicle in an off road situation, where protection of their passengers, the vehicle and the environment, can be demonstrated.

Who would select this course?

This course is has been developed specifically for those outside of the transport and logistics and resources industry and who have a requirement to drive a 4WD vehicle off road.

This course is also appropriate for those people who drive a 4WD as part of their role in Government or voluntary organisations, for those who plan and deliver outdoor recreational activities.

This course is also appropriate for those people who drive a 4WD for recreational purposes however wish to undertake Nationally Recognised training which allows them to learn effective techniques to safely operate a 4WD vehicle off road in difficult terrain.

  • SISODRV302A – Drive and recover a 4WD vehicle
  • This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use appropriate range, gear and techniques to drive a 4WD vehicle through and over a variety of terrain types. This includes the application of basic vehicle recovery techniques and maintenance. This unit applies to outdoor recreation leaders working for outdoor education or adventure providers; volunteer groups; not-for-profit organisations or government agencies.

  • 1. Plan the four wheel driving:
    1.1. Determine structural and handling differences between a conventional two wheel drive and a 4WD Vehicle.
    1.2. Identify the purpose and use of front wheel hubs where appropriate, recovery points and mounting features.
    1.3. Identify factors affecting tyre size, fitment, rating, and pressure.
    1.4. Identify hazards associated with incorrect use of vehicle features or equipment.
    1.5. Select equipment and check working condition according to manufacturer’s recommendations and organisational policies and procedures.
    1.6. Access relevant sources to interpret weather and environmental information and determine activity plan.
    1.7. Determine food & water requirements according to principles of nutrition and contextual issues.

    2. Perform pre-departure checks:
    2.1. Perform routine pre-departure checks and take action to correct any deficiency.
    2.2. Apply safe vehicle loading practices and secure personal items according to organisational policies and procedures.
    2.3. Advise passengers of safety precautions to be taken when traversing rough terrain according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

    3. Drive in a variety of terrain types:
    3.1. Survey track to identify hazards, asses risk and select routes that minimise damage to the environment.
    3.2. Apply smooth accelerator control strategies over a range of terrain types.
    3.3. Apply recommended braking techniques for hard top surfaces and off road conditions.
    3.4. Identify situations where the engagement of four wheel drive is required.
    3.5. Engage 4W drive and front hubs or centre differential lock where required.
    3.6. Use appropriate range, gear, speed, driving and braking technique to negotiate a range of terrain types while maintaining control of vehicle at all times.
    3.7. Perform a stop and reverse on a moderate incline.

    4. Recover a vehicle:
    4.1. Identify risks associated with vehicle recovery and develop and implement strategies to minimise risks according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
    4.2. Identify recovery points and prepare vehicles for recovery.
    4.3. Apply recommended mounting strategy on the four wheel drive vehicle and use of rated recovery equipment. 4.4. Apply techniques for joining recovery or snatch strap.
    4.5. Coordinate safe recovery of a four wheel drive vehicle using a single snatch strap.
    4.6. Perform post recovery checks and repairs.
    4.7. Apply techniques for arresting the snatch strap in case of breakage during recovery

    5. Perform maintenance and minor repairs:
    5.1. Access maintenance equipment and conduct routine maintenance and repair tasks.
    5.2. Check, where necessary, brakes and undercarriage after negotiating varying terrain.
    5.3. Demonstrate safe use of a jack to support a four wheel drive vehicle on uneven ground, according to organisational policies and procedure and manufacturer’s specifications.
    5.4. Complete vehicle performance reports and notify designated personnel.

    6. Evaluate four wheel driving activity.
    6.1. Evaluate relevant aspects of the activity.
    6.2. Identify improvements for future four wheel driving activities.

  • SISODRV404A – Drive a 4WD vehicle in difficult terrain
  • This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to select and use appropriate range, gear and techniques to drive a 4WD vehicle through and over difficult terrain. This includes the performance of maintenance and minor repairs on four wheel drive vehicles. Driving must be carried out according to the licensing, certification requirements of the relevant State or Territory authority.

  • 1. Plan the four wheel driving activity:
    1.1. Determine contextual issues impacting on the activity according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
    1.2. Access relevant sources to identify and interpret weather and environmental information.
    1.3. Determine food and water requirements according to principles of nutrition and contextual issues.
    1.4. Access required equipment and check serviceability according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

    2. Drive a four wheel drive vehicle in difficult terrain:
    2.1. Perform routine pre-departure checks and take action to correct any deficiency.
    2.2. Apply safe vehicle loading practices and secure personal items according to organisational policies and procedures.
    2.3. Engage front free wheel hubs where appropriate.
    2.4. Survey track to identify hazards and risks, and select the best route to minimise damage to the environment.
    2.5 Advise passengers of any special safety precautions to be taken when traversing difficult terrain.
    2.6. Use appropriate range, gear, speed, driving and braking technique to negotiate a range of difficult terrain types while maintaining control of vehicle at all times.
    2.7. Perform a safe stop and forward or reverse start on a steep incline where required.
    2.8. Demonstrate appropriate use of handbrake.
    2.9. Apply risk management procedures relating to blind corners and oncoming traffic according to organisational policies and procedures.

    3. Perform maintenance and minor repairs on four wheel drive vehicles:
    3.1. Access maintenance equipment and conduct routine maintenance and repair tasks.
    3.2. Check, where necessary, brakes and undercarriage after negotiating difficult terrain.
    3.3. Use a jack to support a 4WD vehicle on uneven ground, according to organisational policies and procedure and manufacturer’s specifications.
    3.4 Perform wheel removal and or replacement.
    3.5 Complete vehicle performance reports and notify designated personnel.

    A4ADE 4WD program not only includes the training elements listed within this table, however also incorporates the following additional training elements:
    • 4WD vehicle dynamics, affects on vehicle stopping distances and driver reaction time.
    • Functions and different types of a 4WD Vehicles.
    • How a 4WD vehicle works and key features such as: 2nd start, ABS, Traction Control, Hill Descent Control.
    • Understanding the real functions of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the importance of when to switch ESC off or leave it on.
    • Auto vs manual, petrol vs diesel: rev range, gear selection for ascending, descending, sand, mud, water fording.
    • When to use high range/low range.
    • Momentum not speed and good wheel placement – not wheel spinning.
    • Practical session on 4WD high and low range at a real 4WD training areas (Kurwongbah, Kogan or site specific).
    • Why 4WD vehicles get stuck (differentials), minimum wheels in contact with the ground to maintain momentum (not wheels spinning or getting stuck).
    • Ground appreciation to reduce the risk of a vehicle incident or a vehicle being stuck. – What is the risk, potential dangers and drivers actions to avoid a vehicle incident.
    • Is there a alternative route, can it wait another day, do I need to travel it, if so – what is my recovery options and do I have communication or does someone know that I’m here.
    • 4WD tyres (types and the 4 categories), tyre pressures, ground clearance and wading depth.
    • Conduct a 4WD vehicle recovery, incorporating Companies / organisations Policies and Procedures. A4ADE Recovery Standards. (A4ADE vehicle recovery stages, sequence of recover method (least risk first), Risk assessment, Reducing recovery forces (S.T.U.), Calculating the “TPR” using A4ADE recovery formula.

Make Specific Courses: Australian 4WD & Advanced Driver Education are specialists in on and off road Defensive Driver Training and are able to design, develop and conduct “make-specific” courses.  Our “make-specific” courses not only cover all mandatory Nationally Recognised elements for the SISODRV302A7404A but are contextualised to ensure they meet the specific requirements of the Employer and their staff.

Additional course information.

Course Timings: The course start time is is usually at 07:45, however can be at 6:45.  The course can conclude at approximately 3pm.

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 on in their everyday driving as part of their job.  This offers superior opportunities for the development of skills and techniques in these environments rather than a simulated environment or a “make-shift” area artificially developed for driver training.

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 (if suitable terrain is available), for group bookings.  All courses are portable allowing staff to be trained in locations familiar to their day-to-day use of 4WD 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)
  • 4WD Vehicle (one vehicle can be used for up to 2 participants from the same organisation:
  • Should you not have access to a 4WD vehicle, A4ADE fleet vehicles are available for use at an additional cost. (please see “vehicles” below”); 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 vehicles available for use.  The cost of these vehicles includes, vehicle hire for completion of the course, fuel, recovery equipment (where required) and cleaning and is as follows:

  • 1 day vehicle hire is $135.00 per person, per day.  

Please note,

  1. The vehicle maybe hired by other course participants, meaning that each vehicle hire may be shared by two participants.  This will not have any impact on the amount of drive time that each hirer will experience.
  2. At times, there maybe more than one vehicle available, that will allow each vehicle hirer to experience a variety of 4WD types.
  3. If you wish to have exclusive use of a vehicle, then this can be arranged and would be at a cost of $160.00 per vehicle per day.

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