AURTGA001: Drive and Manoeuvre Trailers


Australian 4wd and Advanced Driver Education – RTO CODE: 31223

AURTGA001– – Drive and Manoeuvre Trailers

This is a practical hands on driving course.

This Towing Safely course is a 4 to 5 hours practical 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 includingbut not limited to:

  • Vehicle and trailer, caravan, camper-van, horse float, boat.
    • Towing legislation, Vehicle & Trailer Specifications, and Dynamics.
    • Trailer inspections, trip preparation, pre-departure checks,
    • Loading positions & securing load.
    • Coupling & uncoupling.
    • Causes, prevention and actions on trailer swaying.
    • Safety chains, trailer brakes, brake-away system, manual over-ride braking (Redarc) and Load Equalisers.
    • Correct seat positions and steering methods, to always be in control of the vehicle and trailer.
  • Emergency Braking ABS, threshold, trailer braking and adjusting trailer brake bias. (controlling trailer both on road and off road).
  • Towing safely techniques, scanning, hazard awareness, to include, but not limited to:
    • town, country, highway, residential, carparks.
    • gravel, off road (specific to semi off road caravan/camper-van dependent).
    • Off-road camper-vans – negotiating ascents. descents in low range and recovery, if required.
    • Driving to reduce wear and tear on the vehicle and trailer.
  • Reversing a trailer/caravan,
    • in a straight line;
    • uphill, around corners; 
    • into tight areas;
    • 90 degrees left and right.
  • Emergency situations, such as:
    • Tyre blow out, brake failure.
    • Trailer Swaying (causes, avoiding and action on trailer swaying). or
    • Mechanical failure with your trailer.

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.

Additional Course Information.

Course Timings

  • The course generally is a half day course, approximately 4 hours.
  • For corporate group training, we can conduct 2 sessions in one day. 

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.

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:

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.

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.

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 $155.00 per person per day.
  • Trailer – 1 day course $100.00 per person per day for a 8 x 5 box trailer, with 1000lt water tank.5

Please Note

The vehicle and trailer hire cost 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.


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