Skip to content Skip to sidebar Skip to footer

The 4WD Glovebox Guide, Edition 3

The 4WD Glovebox Guide is a field reference for 4WD owners and drivers.

The Glovebox Guide covers all the most frequently used offroad driving techniques. It is written as a reference for to be used in the field, complementing the 4WD Handbook which has more detailed explanations.

Several driver training organisations use The 4WD Glovebox Guide as a reference and student handout, a purpose for which it has been specifically designed. Some clubs have designed courses around its content.

“In relation to feedback about the Glovebox Guide [suggestion for improvement]. I have none. It is brilliant. And that is also the feedback that I get from anyone that I give a copy to.” – Kris Bullen, 4WD trainer

Glovebox Guide Information

For 2022 the Glovebox Guide was updated to a third edition with a new chapter on recovery loads, revision of the snatch straps and winching sections to cover new equipment like snatch rings, and each chapter refreshed with new images and current techniques.

Table of Contents

 Sample pages

National competency mapping

The 4WD Glovebox Guide is designed to cover the key components – and much more beyond – of Australia’s National Competencies for offroad driving which are listed below:

SISODRV302ADrive and recover a 4WD vehicle
FPICOT3259Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads
RIIVEH305AOperate and maintain a 4X4 vehicle (resources)
FPICOT2234BOperate a 4X4 vehicle (forestry)
TLIC2025Operate a 4X4 vehicle (transport)
PMASUP236BOperate vehicles in the field (chemicals)
SISODRV404ADrive a 4WD vehicle in difficult terrain
SISODRV405ACoordinate recovery of 4WD vehicles
SISODRV201ADrive AWD/4WD vehicles on unsealed roads
SITTTOP003BOperate and maintain a 4WD tour vehicle

Note: Merely reading this book alone does not qualify you for a competency, and the quiz is a check of understanding not a qualification.

You must still take an approved training course and be assessed as competent by a qualifier assessor. This book can help by providing a checklist of elements you must understand or know before your assessment. Competencies change, so you must check that your study covers all the required topics.

If you do not require a Competency for your work, then my advise is not to bother as a good recreational 4X4 course will have a better breadth and depth of content. The Competencies need some work to be relevant and useful.