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Four-Wheel Drive Fundamentals

Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles are common throughout most industries and are over-represented in incident statistics. Workers log countless millions of hours in them every year, but how many workers really understand the capabilities and limitations of their vehicle?

Many workers coming from urban areas may have never had the benefit of firsthand experience with four-wheel drive vehicles, and many who have had experience will have gaps in their knowledge. These gaps can result in incidents and injuries as well as property or equipment damage. This Four-Wheel Drive Fundamentals course provides basic information required for safe operation of commercial four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles.


  • Equipment familiarization
  • When and how to engage and disengage two-wheel, all-wheel, four-wheel high, and four-wheel low ranges
  • How to properly operate transfer cases and axles
  • Basic four-wheel drive techniques, including:
    • Ascending and descending hills
    • Water crossing
    • Traversing ditches or other obstacles
    • Driving on rough or unmaintained roads
    • Driving on slippery roads
    • Handling on hills, curves, and ditches
  • Vehicle stability and reducing the risk of rollover

Course Details:

Price: $69.95
Duration: 30 min
Pass Mark: 80%
Attempts: 2
Certificate: Yes

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