Back Road and Trail Driving

Earn your Back Road and Trail Driving certificate upon successful completion of this course

Back Road and Trail Driving

Back Road and Trail Driving

Online Training Course

What Is Back Road and Trail Driving?

Back Road or Trail Driving refers to driving on seldom-used secondary roads, especially ones through rural or sparsely populated areas. These roads are often less managed and maintained, and are therefore more prone to accidents.

Back Roads and Trail Driving aims to help you become a better and safer driver by providing you with the knowledge required to drive on back roads, trails, or other surfaces that are not conventionally paved, whether it be for your work or for leisure.

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Course Overview

Course Overview

The Back Road and Trail Driving course is designed for drivers who regularly drive on back roads or trials, whether that be for personal or commercial applications. You will be able to do the following after taking this course:

  • Describe safety procedures and list safety equipment for back road and trail driving.
  • Discuss driving techniques and precautions for driving on unpaved surfaces, such as dirt or gravel roads and trails, and road shoulders.
  • Describe driving techniques and precautions for driving in mud, snow, water, and sand.
  • Describe a variety of driving techniques for avoiding obstacles and collisions with other road users on back roads.
  • Explain driving techniques and precautions for hitching and pulling a trailer.

Regardless of why you might be driving on back roads, this course will get you familiarized with safe driving practices, how to avoid hazards and how to stay safe, and best practices for this driving environment.

This online course will train you to identify common scenarios and the hazards they involve and will cover tips and techniques for a variety of vehicles and situations such as:

    ✔ Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles

    ✔ SUV’s vs. Trucks

    ✔ Back Road Tips

    ✔ Navigating Unfamiliar Terrain

    ✔ Backing Up Safely

    ✔ Driving on Unpaved Surfaces

    ✔ Emergency Kit Use

    ✔ Using Trailers

The completion time of this course is roughly 45 minutes, which include practical lessons and testing. The passing score is 80% and participants are able to repeat the course two times if the pass mark is not achieved on the first attempt. All participants earn a 3-year certificate that can be downloaded after course completion. Print materials for this course can be accessed online.


Average Completion Time

The average completion time is 45 minutes. Individual times will vary depending how long is spent on each module.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is included to reinforce the training. You are allowed three attempts to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be safely stored on your account and is available to download & print.