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SISODRV404A - Drive a 4WD vehicle in difficult terrain

About the unit

This unit delivers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to select and use appropriate range, gear and techniques to drive a four wheel drive vehicle through and over difficult terrain. This includes the performance of maintenance and minor repairs on four wheel drive vehicles.

The unit includes the following:

  • Plan the four wheel driving activity, including determining contextual issues impacting on the activity according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  • Access relevant sources to identify and interpret weather and environmental information.

  • Determine food and water requirements.

  • Access required equipment  and check serviceability according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  • Drive a four wheel drive vehicle in difficult terrain.

  • Perform routine pre-departure checks  and take action to correct any deficiency.

  • Apply safe vehicle loading practices and secure personal items according to organisational policies and procedures.

  • Engage front free wheel hubs where appropriate.

  • Survey track to identify hazards and risks, and select the best route to minimise damage to the environment.

  • 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.

  • Advise passengers of any special safety precautions to be taken when traversing difficult terrain.

  • Perform a safe stop and forward or reverse start on a steep incline where required.

  • Demonstrate appropriate use of handbrake.

  • Apply risk management procedures relating to blind corners and oncoming traffic according to organisational policies and procedures.

  • Perform maintenance and minor repairs on four wheel drive vehicles.

  • Check, where necessary, brakes and undercarriage after negotiating difficult terrain.

  • Use a jack to support a four wheel drive vehicle on uneven ground, according to organisational policies and procedure and manufacturer's specifications.

  • Perform wheel removal and or replacement.

  • Complete vehicle performance reports and notify designated personnel.

  • Minimal impact driving techniques to ensure protection of the environment.

For any questions regarding this unit, or any other unit or training needs, then please contact us on 0417 761 610 or via email at

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Note: All Nationally Recognised Training is delivered in partnership with the RTO Health Security Education RTO #40907

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