TLIC2025 Operate four wheel drive vehicle

This course involves the skills and knowledge required to operate a four wheel drive vehicle safely in a range of conditions in accordance with the relevant state/territory legislated roads and traffic licence requirements.

It includes driving a four wheel drive vehicle on roads, traversing gradients, ascending and descending steep gradients, and operating in rugged terrain.

It also includes using vehicle equipment/controls and completing pre- and post-operational checks.

Please Note: This course does not include vehicle recovery.  A4ADE can include specific vehicle recovery, in accordance with the company’s requirements and policy.

Driving is performed with limited supervision, and with duty of care responsibility for self and others in achieving the prescribed outcomes.

Training Elements

Operate four wheel drive vehicles on roads
1.1 Pre-start checks of vehicle and equipment are carried out in accordance with manufacturer specifications and roadworthy requirements.
1.2 Job hazards are identified and required action is taken to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards.
1.3 Tyres are checked for pressure suitable for terrain and/or changed in accordance with manufacturer and workplace procedures.
1.4 Vehicle fuel, water and any ancillary equipment are checked before starting vehicle journey in accordance with manufacturer and workplace procedures.
1.5 Loads are secured in accordance with workplace and legislative requirements.
1.6 Vehicle is driven on-road and off-road in accordance with legislative and workplace requirements, at appropriate operating speeds for road or track conditions and hazards.
1.7 Vehicle equipment/controls are set and operated in accordance with manufacturer instructions for operation in surrounding terrain.
1.8 Road conditions are constantly monitored, negotiated and appropriate operations and control techniques are used to ensure safe vehicle operation and no injury to people or damage to vehicle, tracks or loads is sustained.
1.9 Vehicle is parked and shut down in accordance with workplace and manufacturer requirements.
 
Operate vehicle on, or across a gradient
2.1 Intended vehicle path is inspected prior to negotiating gradient.
2.2 Loads are secured in accordance with workplace and legislative requirements.
2.3 Appropriate gear and/or range are selected, and engine revolutions are maintained to ensure constant traction. 
2.4 Vehicle is driven on-road and off-road in accordance with legislative and workplace requirements at appropriate speeds for conditions and gradient hazards.
2.5 Vehicle equipment/controls are set and operated in accordance with manufacturer instructions for operation in, on or across a gradient.
2.6 Gradient conditions are constantly monitored, and appropriate operations and control techniques are used to ensure safe vehicle operation and no injury to people or damage to vehicle, tracks or loads is sustained.
 
Operate vehicle ascending a steep gradient
3.1 Intended vehicle path is inspected prior to negotiating ascent.
3.2 Appropriate gear and/or range are selected to ascend grade, and engine revolutions are maintained to ensure constant traction.
3.3 Vehicle equipment/controls are set and operated in accordance with manufacturer instructions for operation while ascending a steep gradient.
3.4 Stall recovery techniques are applied in accordance with manufacturer and workplace procedures.
3.5 Ascent conditions are constantly monitored, and appropriate operations and control techniques are used to ensure safe vehicle operation and no injury to people or damage to vehicle, tracks or loads is sustained.
 
Operate vehicle descending a steep gradient
4.1 Intended vehicle path is inspected prior to negotiating gradient.
4.2 Appropriate gear and/or range are selected to descend grade, and engine revolutions are maintained to ensure constant traction.
4.3 Vehicle equipment/controls are set and operated in accordance with manufacturer instructions for operation while descending a steep gradient.
4.4 Stall recovery techniques are applied in accordance with manufacturer and workplace procedures.
4.5 Descent conditions are constantly monitored, and appropriate operations and control techniques are used to ensure safe vehicle operation and no injury to people or damage to vehicle, tracks or loads is sustained.
 
Operate vehicle in rugged terrain
5.1 Intended vehicle path is inspected prior to negotiating rugged terrain.
5.2 Appropriate gear and/or range are selected to negotiate rugged terrain and engine revolutions are maintained to ensure constant traction.
5.3 Vehicle equipment/controls are set and operated in accordance with manufacturer instructions for operation in surrounding terrain.
5.4 Vehicle chains are fitted in accordance with manufacturer instructions and environmental conditions, as required.
5.5 Vehicle load is inspected, positioned and secured to maximise traction for four wheel driving.
5.6 Rugged conditions are constantly monitored, and appropriate operations and control techniques are used to ensure safe vehicle operation and no injury to people or damage to vehicle, tracks or loads is sustained.
 
Complete operations
6.1 Vehicle is parked and shut down in accordance with workplace and manufacturer requirements.
6.2 Faults or malfunctions are corrected and/or reported in accordance with manufacturer and workplace requirements.
6.3 Vehicle and equipment are cleaned and stored after use in accordance with workplace requirements.
6.4 Documentation and journey reports are completed in accordance with workplace procedures.

Additional course information.

Course Timings

The course start time is at 07:45, concluding 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), cleaning and wear/tear on brakes and tyres. 

Vehicle hire fee: 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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