Training

Four Wheel Drive Courses are offered through accredited members of the Mount Lofty Rangers and via the Four Wheel Drive South Australia (4WDSA) Driver Training Unit (DTU).

Practical Training Involves

  • Perform Pre-departure Checks
  • Downhill Stop Controlled Forward Desent
  • Uphill Stop Controlled Reverse Descent
  • Drive a 4wd Vehicle Up an Incline
  • Drive a 4wd Vehicle Down an Incline
  • Drive a 4wd Vehicle Through Muddy Terrain
  • Drive a 4wd Vehicle Through Sandy Terrain
  • Drive a 4wd Vehicle Through Water
  • Drive a 4wd Vehicle Across Rocky Terrain
  • Drive a 4wd Vehicle Across Sloping Terrain
  • Drive a 4wd Vehicle on Winding Bush Track
  • Change a Wheel on a 4WD Vehicle
  • Recover a 4WD Vehicle Using a Snatch Strap
  • Perform Emergency Tyre Repairs
  • Recover a Vehicle Using a Winch
  • Using an Exhaust Jack to Lift a Vehicle
  • Use a Hi-Lift Jack to Lift a Vehicle

For mud training you will need:

Recovery gear

  • rated snatch strap, shackles, tow strap, joining timbers for straps, shovel, jacking plates short timber planks (say one metre long to place under wheels)
  • for those with winches please ensure they are operational.

Clothing:

  • wet weather gear, rubber boots (its muddy)

Vehicle:

  • must have approved recovery points to drive on the property
  • a ‘blind’ if water crossing is to be attempted
  • raised diff breather points
  • be prepared to get it dirty.