Driver Training

An overview

  1. All Club Members are encouraged to participate in Driver Training & while not mandatory, some degree of training or proven past experience may be required to participate in some Club Trips.
  2. It is strongly recommended that Partners also participate in Training.
  3. In addition to the obvious driving/recovery skills etc acquired, participating in Training also allows members to learn about the capabilities & limitations of their vehicle and emphasises Safe Driving Practises at all times.
  4. In particular, Training teaches participants to look for & recognise hazardous conditions, encourages avoidance of these conditions where possible and the safest way to tackle the hazard if there is no acceptable alternative.
  5. A Club Training event may be a Social outing such as Loveday 4WD Park, or Saunders Gorge; an advertised Training weekend such as Peake,  Morgan Quarry; or other training activities listed in the Training Report in Cat Chat. Interested Members should talk too the Training Officer or email (or the listed Contact for the event).
  6.  The Mitsubishi 4WD Club offers two types of Driver Training :
    • Formal Training by qualified Trainers & Assessors . . . and
    • Informal Training, where experienced Club Members pass on advice on all areas of  4wd driving.
  7. If our listed training activities don’t fit in with your schedule, there are also opportunities to participate in some training activities with other Clubs.   Participation in these ‘other Club’ activities must be organised through our Club’s  Training Officer.

Formal Training

  1. Formal Training is provided by qualified (Nationally Accredited) Trainers and Assessors; all of whom are volunteers and are members of the 4WDSA Driver Training Unit (DTU). Where possible, we use our own Club Trainers, but we can ‘borrow in’ Trainers and Assessors from other Clubs if Trainee Nos. indicate the need.
  2. There are 3 levels of Training available through the DTU
    • Basic 4WD Driving
    • Advanced 4WD Driving Certificate.
    • 4WD Driving Advisor.
  3. The Basic 4WD Driving Certificate covers : aspects of Vehicle inspection, driving up & down steep inclines, across inclines, through sand, mud & water, changing a wheel & vehicle recovery using a Snatch Strap – in all cases with a strong emphasis on safety. Training is provided free by the Club, however members are required to pay for training manuals and log books provided by 4WDSA.  Members are also expected to pay the cost of entry to privately owned training properties and to make a contribution towards  reimbursing the fuel costs of the attending Trainers and Assessors.

Informal Training 

  1. The Club has developed a series of “4WD Familiarisation” Weekends run by experienced members of the Club, with support and help from our Club DTU Members.   These weekends are designed to introduce you to four wheel driving (4WD) and club trips.
    (a detailed handout is provided to Members)
  2. We aim to provide you an opportunity to become familiar with your vehicle in a structured but non-threatening environment with support and help from other Mitsi 4WD Club members and trainers.    Once you feel that you are ready, you can then proceed to more formal training if you wish.
  3. Whereas Formal Training is generally 1 on 1 instruction, Informal Training will initially be ‘small group training’ and then lots of practise; with, if you want it, 1 on 1 (in car) support by an experienced Club Member can be provided.
  4. Once a basic knowledge and skill level has been achieved, your experience may be further progressed by ‘talking you through’ obstacles & difficult sections via UHF radio from a suitable observation point.
  5. Experience may also be gained during trips through input from the Trip Leader or other participating members on how to traverse difficult terrain (as it is encountered), pointing out obstacles at creek crossings, helping you to repair or change a tyre. etc.

Training Venues

Venues commonly used for Training are —

  1. Cavan  (4WDSA Headquarters) –  Class room training.
  2. Peake  (About 50 km East of Tailem Bend) – Sand driving & rocky terrain.
  3. Deep Creek (15 km East of Cape Jervis) – Ascend & descend hills.
  4. Morgan Quarry (35 km North of Blanchetown) – Hills, some sand & sometimes mud.
  5. Callington (20 km East of Mt Barker) – Mud & water.

Some Final Important Points

Vehicle Recovery – This is one of the most important aspects of Driver Training.
It may be as simple as clearing a bit of sand, deflating your tyres a little & backing out, or you may need an assist from another vehicle – which ever, it is important that you understand the technique, know the recovery points on your vehicle & are aware of the potential hazards.

NEVER,  connect a Snatch Strap or other towing rope / strap to the Bull Bar or Tow Ball.


Basic Recovery Kit  (Note – Most Club 4WD Trips will require you to carry all of the items below as standard equipment).

  1. Long Handled Shovel
  2. Snatch Strap  & Rated Shackles
  3. Air Compressor & Tyre Pressure Gauge
  4. Jacking Plate
  5. UHF Radio (80 Channel preferred)

Other Necessities & Accessories (For Training)

Common additional items include :
A tarp or equivalent for when there is a need to change or repair a tyre etc.
Gloves for removal of branches from under the vehicle, breaking branches along the sides of tracks or touching hot vehicle parts.
Work clothes for when you have to get down & dirty
Rubber boots (and possibly shorts) if doing mud training.
An old towel or similar for wiping your hands.
A Sand Mast & Flag for visibility when sand driving or driving bush tracks (mandatory when travelling in some National Parks).


If you require additional information or clarification, please contact : Education & Training Officer : —