This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of defensive driving techniques when operating a 4WD vehicle.

This course is aimed at those working in operational roles that are required to operate light vehicles.

4WD Training in Perth

A 4WD vehicle is more agile and versatile than a standard car, but driving one safely requires more than a little extra care and attention. Many drivers incorrectly assume that their 4WD vehicle can be operated much more aggressively than a standard-drive car – especially on rough terrain. But this is far from the truth.

Saferight’s 4WD training courses will get you up to speed on how to master a 4WD vehicle so that you can safely operate it on the tarmac as well as off-road. Here’s a brief overview of the training courses we offer.

Operate and Maintain a 4WD Vehicle
Defensive Driving

This full-day course will provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to safely drive a four-wheel drive vehicle. It covers defensive driving techniques to help drivers learn to navigate on-the-road conditions and mitigate any unexpected occurrences and the potentially dangerous manoeuvres of other drivers.

Over the course of this training session, students will attain the understanding required to operate and maintain a four-wheel drive vehicle both on the tarmac and under off-road conditions. This begins with an introduction to the specific driving terminology and relevant techniques, and it goes on to cover practical application.

Participants will learn to perform routine pre-departure checks to ensure that all systems are in working order. Further to this, they’ll learn to engage 4WD mode and use the appropriate gear depending on the circumstances. Driving and braking techniques will be covered in depth, with special attention given to how to negotiate a range of terrain without losing control of the vehicle.

Our trainers understand that even the best drivers sometimes find themselves in sticky situations. With that in mind, students also learn to address risks and hazards, perform wheel changes when needed and recover a vehicle with a snap strap should it lose traction.

The performance of ongoing maintenance and repairs are also covered in the course. By the time this training module is complete, participants will possess an in-depth understanding of four-wheel drive vehicles – both in how they are driven and maintained.

Operate a Light Vehicle 
Defensive Driving

Similar to the above course, this training programme also covers the ins and outs of defensive driving. Students will learn how to conduct themselves on the road in such a way that they are able to anticipate potential hazards posed by other drivers and make the necessary adjustments before a problem or accident develops.

The primary difference in this course is that it applies to light vehicles rather than heavy-duty 4WD vehicles. Attention is given to driving on tarmac rather than on unsealed roads and more precarious terrain.

This course is comprehensive, to say the least. It begins with the necessary protocol for preparing to operate a vehicle. This includes pre-start checks and inspections. It also covers the personal protective equipment (PPE) recommended for safe operation of a light vehicle.

Students are trained to correctly carry out proper procedures for start-up, park-up and shutdown. They will also learn to identify potential hazards and report them to the authorities when required. Instruction also covers techniques for operating the vehicle and any associated equipment.

Finally, essential emergency and repair procedures are taught, including how to conduct an inspection, perform maintenance and carry out a wheel change. By the time this course is complete, the student will be fully equipped to confidently apply defensive driving skills in a light vehicle.


4WD Training Course Requirements and Outcomes

In order to participate in these 4WD training courses, students must hold a current Australian driver’s license (C class). This must be presented to the assessor before the course commences.  

Our courses result in a nationally recognised statement of attainment as well as a card that can be conveniently carried in the driver’s wallet. There’s no expiry date for this statement, but industry standards recommend retraining every two years in order to maintain competencies and to stay abreast of any relevant changes or new techniques.


Why Choose Saferight for 4WD Training in Perth

Saferight is one of the most experienced training centres in Western Australia. We’ve been in business for more than 25 years, working in support of a safer Perth. When it comes to learning how to operate a 4WD vehicle safely and effectively, you won’t find a more competent and qualified instructor.

If you’d like to learn more about either of these courses and what they entail, feel free to contact us via the website for more information. Or call us toll-free on 1800 352 335 to arrange training.