SISODRV404/405A Gladstone Advanced 4WD and Recovery

From AUD $395.00
  • Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: gladstonesisodrv404/405
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This unit applies to those who drive 4WD vehicles in difficult terrain for work or recreational purposes.

It applies to those working autonomously as four wheel drive adventure guides or program managers and may include those working for private four wheel drive schools or clubs who are responsible for planning, organising and implementing four wheel drive programs in difficult terrain.

This unit may also apply to leaders working for outdoor education or adventure providers; volunteer groups; not-for-profit organisations or government agencies

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to select and use appropriate range, gear and techniques to drive a four wheel drive vehicle through and over difficult terrain. This includes the performance of maintenance and minor repairs on four wheel drive vehicles.

1. Plan the four wheel driving activity. 
1.1. Determine contextual issues impacting on the activity according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
1.2. Access relevant sources to identify and interpret weather and environmental information.
1.3. Determine food and water requirements according to principles of nutrition and contextual issues.
1.4. Access required equipment and check serviceability according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

2. Drive a four wheel drive vehicle in difficult terrain. 
2.1. Perform routine pre-departure checks and take action to correct any deficiency.
2.2. Apply safe vehicle loading practices and secure personal items according to organisational policies and procedures
2.3. Engage front free wheel hubs where appropriate.
2.4. Survey track to identify hazards and risks, and select the best route to minimise damage to the environment.
2.5. Advise passengers of any special safety precautions to be taken when traversing difficult terrain.
2.6. Use appropriate range, gear, speed, driving and braking technique to negotiate a range of difficult terrain types while maintaining control of vehicle at all times.
2.7. Perform a safe stop and forward or reverse start on a steep incline where required.
2.8. Demonstrate appropriate use of handbrake.
2.9. Apply risk management procedures relating to blind corners and oncoming traffic according to organisational policies and procedures.

3. Perform maintenance and minor repairs on four wheel drive vehicles. 
3.1. Access maintenance equipment and conduct routine maintenance and repair tasks.
3.2. Check, where necessary, brakes and undercarriage after negotiating difficult terrain.
3.3. Use a jack to support a four wheel drive vehicle on uneven ground, according to organisational policies and procedure and manufacturer's specifications.
3.4. Perform wheel removal and or replacement.
3.5. Complete vehicle performance reports and notify designated personnel.

Required Skills & Knowledge

Required skills
problem-solving skills to:
anticipate and mitigate potential hazards and risks in difficult terrain
reduce environmental impact
conduct pre-departure checks, basic maintenance and repairs of vehicle
communication and literacy skills to:
record all maintenance and repairs conducted on the four wheel drive vehicle
report to relevant personnel
planning and organising skills to access all required equipment appropriate to the area and terrain being accessed .

Required knowledge
legislation and organisational policies and procedures to enable safe participation during four wheel driving
features and characteristics of four wheel drive vehicles and equipment to enable their appropriate selection and safe use of vehicles and equipment
four wheel driving techniques used in difficult terrain
terrain and weather features and how these might impact on four wheel driving including terrain specific safety requirements to minimise risk to self, others and the environment
maintenance and basic repair procedures to ensure risk minimisation to self and group
minimal impact techniques to enable protection of the environment.

Range Statement

Contextual issues may include: 
weather conditions, including times
trip distance and duration
group objectives
group size.

Relevant legislation may include: 
occupational health and safety
permits or permission for access
area restrictions
national and state or territory track classification guides
environmental regulations.

Organisational policies and procedures may include: 
occupational health and safety
use and maintenance of equipment
communication protocols
land management and minimal impact codes
vehicle reporting and notification procedures
travelling in convoy with other vehicles
code of ethics.

Relevant sources may include: 
Bureau of Meteorology
land managers or agencies
local knowledge.

Weather and environmental information may include: 
satellite images
daily and weekly forecasts
maximum and minimum temperatures
weather warnings
event warnings
river levels
synoptic charts
high and low tide predictions.

Food and water requirements may include: 
menu planning and preparation
range of foods and drinks
energy content.

Principles of nutrition may include: 
food groups
dietary guidelines
individual food requirements and allergies.

Equipment may include: 
navigation equipment
maintenance equipment
recovery equipment

Routine pre-departure checks may include: 

Difficult terrain may include: 
long, steep inclines and declines
cross slope driving
deep water crossings
tracks with narrow, twisting, irregular terrain
irregular sandy and or muddy terrain
very rough rocky ground
snow and ice
slippery incline and declines.

Routine maintenance and repair tasks may include: 
change wheels in uneven terrain
puncture repairs
fluid top-up.