Four-Wheel Drive Fundamentals

Earn your Four-Wheel Drive Fundamentals certificate upon successful completion of this course


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

Universally Compatible

This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 30 minutes.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.